The Best Holiday Thank You Cards

This is one of my most favorite quotes from the movie Elf. (There’s also, “You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card!”)

When it comes to spreading cheer, I couldn’t agree more. The best way IS singing loud for all to hear.

The second best way is to share your gratitude.

In this season of giving, it’s good to be ready at a moment’s notice to respond with a thoughtful “thank you.” And even if gifts aren’t exchanged, it’s nice to send a year-end thank you to all of your helper angels, like carpool mamas, hair dresser, vet, pediatrician, postman, etc.

So…I like to stock up on pretty thank you notes. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite holiday-themed cards in case you’d like to shop and stock up, too!

(PS. None of these are affiliate links. I just really like these cards.)

Best Holiday Thank You Cards

{ONE} Wonderful Wreath & Rose Gold

If you haven’t shopped at Minted, yet, you definitely need to check it out. It’s a marketplace of independent artists who sell their designs as art, stationery, invites, gifts, home decor and more.

I stumbled upon this pretty wreath design with rose gold foil stamping. You can even personalize these, which is always a nice touch. Depending on how many you order, they’re about $3 per card. The price goes down per card with higher quantities.

{TWO} Whimsical Greenery

This is another personalized card that has a simpler design compared to the first option (no foil stamping).

These sweet thank you notes are from tinyprints and are closer to $1.99 per card.

{THREE} Golden Garden

It wouldn’t be a proper card roundup without including Rifle Paper Co., of which I have a slight obsession. In fact, I can’t believe I didn’t lead with this one.

This gorgeous number has a rose gold design on soft white paper. You can buy individual cards, for those super special people in your life, for $4.50 each. There’s also a boxed set of 8 cards for $16.

Since they’re not overly Christmasy, you could use them any time. Maybe add a fun holiday stamp on the outside to make it more seasonal? Check out these joyful stamps from Minted. >

{FOUR} Lovely Chalkboard

Aren’t these so pretty? I actually ordered these earlier in the week.

Much like option #3, they don’t scream “Christmas.” So I’ll use them throughout the year. I bought a packet of 36 cards for $9.99. Super deal.

The cards came with brown Kraft paper envelopes, which are cool but not very festive. So I picked up some of these pretty A6 red envelopes from Office Max (below). They’re $5.99 for a pack of 26.

I’ll use a gold Sharpie to fancy-up the address a bit. Yay!

{FIVE} A Couple for the Kids

I like teaching my kids to write thank you notes, too. So I plan to get them some of their own cards.

I love these “Herbie and Friends” cards from Papyrus that are accented with a blue border and fun polka-dots. The envelope is built into the card, so once you write your note, you just fold it up and put a stamp on it.

As a bonus, these are currently on sale for $6 for a box of 10 cards!

Here’s a closeup of the illustrated woodland creatures. >

Now, a simpler route (maybe for younger kids) would be to download these free printables. The note has prompts, making it super easy to fill out and personalize. 🙂

That’s a wrap! I hope you have a holly, jolly weekend, my lovelies. Go spread plenty of Christmas cheer.

Thankfully yours,

Kate

PS. Be sure to check out all of these amazing bloggers!! >

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Friday Wrap: Happy Moments

Hello, my friends! I was a little quiet on the blog last week because I was busy celebrating with my sweet family. We had graduations, baptisms, birthdays and even a surprise visit from my sister who lives in Nebraska!! My goodness, my heart was bursting with happiness.

So for a more personal entry, here are a few highlights from my short time away. >>

{ONE} All of us – sitting still!

I honestly can’t remember the last picture I took with all three of my kiddos. Maybe last summer when we went to Mount Rushmore?!

I don’t even think we got one on the first day of school this year. Evan had to leave so early, and the girls were still rolling out of bed. Story of our life.

Anyway, this picture took place on Mother’s Day. Everyone was chillin’ on the porch while Brandon was grilling his family-famous chicken. I announced that I wanted one more gift…a picture with my too-grown-up-to-be-called-babies-but-I-still-do, babies!!

They were kind to oblige, and we all snuggled in to capture this moment. (Can you believe my 14yo son is taller than me – even when sitting?)

This lovely scene was followed by this moment below…with our furry toddler, Leo. (Clara’s face still make me laugh. He had just licked her entire left cheek.)

{TWO} Graduations and inductions

Avery & Clara are officially out of elementary school. It really happened. They’re off to middle school next year, and while I’m a little sad about them growing up so fast, there’s some joy mixed in because I can see what lovely girls they’re becoming.

I’m also a tad proud (okay, gushing with pride) as they received a President’s Education Award during their “graduation” ceremony at school. It represents not only their hard work in school, but also their upstanding character. It’s so affirming to have others see the potential in your child, too. While they’re not necessarily straight-A students, they have so much greatness to offer.

Evan had his moment to shine this week, as well. He was inducted into the Junior National Honor Society. And yes, he’s my kid. Haha. I’m super proud of him and all of the effort he puts into school and pretty much anything he’s involved in.

As a typical teen, he didn’t want any pictures with his award or anywhere near his school. When we took him to his favorite restaurant for dessert after the ceremony, I was able to sneak this cute pic with his sisters.

In addition to all of the excitement with my kids, one of my nieces graduated from high school!! Maggie is such a beautiful and extremely creative and talented girl. I can’t wait to see where life takes her. We had a lovely day (filled with lots of family) celebrating her accomplishments.

{THREE} Birthday for Papa

We celebrated another birthday for my darling dad (Papa Joe). His birthday happens around Mother’s Day each year, and he’s so kind to let my mom take center stage. We didn’t totally let him off the hook, though. We showered him with love – and some special “Papa-corn” from Hill City Popcorn. 🙂

I’m bummed I didn’t get a picture of him. We were too busy giving hugs, I guess. Here’s a sweet picture of him from another time, though.

{FOUR} Soccer wins

Evan’s soccer team has been on a roll this year. They either won or tied all of their games, and they competed in the state championships last weekend…and won! This means they advance to regionals in North Carolina toward the end of June. Yay, Comets!!!

This will be the first time Evan has qualified for regionals, so it’s a big deal for him. We’re all so excited – and trying not to embarrass him with the happy tears. #sorrynotsorry

Evan is the first player on the right (next to his coach).

{FIVE} Peonies that lasted, and lasted

Fresh flowers are the path to this mama’s heart and soul, and my family knows me well. They brought home a fresh bouquet (including peonies!!) from my favorite shop on Mother’s Day, and they lasted for nearly two weeks. I literally just tossed them out, y’all. That’s why I’m still talking about them!!

Right when these beauties got home I took a picture (because it lasts longer) and now I can share them with you. Enjoy! Feel free to download it, share it or just soak in the prettiness. 🙂

That’s a wrap. Thanks for letting me share a few family memories. Here’s to a lovely weekend ahead for everyone!

Blessings,

Kate

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How to Start the Perfect Bedtime Ritual

You know the saying “laughter is the best medicine”? Sleep might be a close second, if not a tie for first.

After a good night’s sleep I feel like a new person. I’m more alert, creative, and able to take on challenges. It’s such a magical thing, yet I’ve read that Americans are more sleep deprived than ever. Our tired bodies and minds need to rest – and heal.

There’s no time like the present (which also happens to be National Sleep Awareness Week) to look at our sleep habits.

Improving our sleep starts with our bedtime ritual.

I created a little acronym to help us…START >>

{S} Soften the landing

This lovely bedding is from Crane & Canopy. #affiliate

First and foremost, your bed should be the center of attention. Make it as cozy and welcoming as possible so when you enter your bedroom, all you want to do is kick off your shoes and sink down in its soft embrace.

Here are a few ways to make your bed more special:

  • Splurge on your bedding. We {should be} spending at least 8 hours a day here, so it’s worth the investment. Pick out the most beautiful pattern with the softest thread and treat yo’ self.
  • Layer on the softest blankets and pillows so it’s like a cozy nest every time you land.
  • Make the bed every morning so at night it feels like you’re entering a new space.
  • Freshen up your sheets by washing them at least every two weeks. Once a week is ideal.

{T} Take care of your body

Right before bed is the perfect time to check in with yourself. You’re already brushing your teeth and washing your face. What else needs attention? If your muscles are tight, maybe do some gentle stretches. Here are some yoga poses that are wonderful before bed.

If your mind won’t settle, try relaxing in a hot bath with epsom salts. The magnesium in the salts will help lull you to sleep – among plenty of other great benefits. Pair that with a cup of almond milk or camomile tea, and you’ll sleep like a champ.

{A} Adjust the air

The best way to appreciate a warm, cozy bed is to set a cool temperature. In fact, the suggested bedroom temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees to get the best sleep.

Another thing I like to do is make my room smell nice. (You know me and my thing with smells.) I spritz my pillows with fresh lavender water right before bed. The fragrance is so relaxing, and the recipe is super easy. >

  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1/4 cup Vodka
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • Mix all of the ingredients together. Pour into a spray bottle (or two). Store in the refrigerator.

{R} Remove distractions

Your room should be a quiet, calm space that you can retreat to when needed. Clear off your night stand, add fresh flowers to make it pretty, and (…here’s the tough one) put your phone away at least an hour before bed.

This is non-negotiable, though, if you want a more restful night. Research shows spending time with smartphones late at night is contributing to a national epidemic of undersleep. Yikes.

Ideally, we’d leave them in the next room so we’re not tempted to answer texts, emails or Facebook notifications. Since I use my phone as an alarm, I keep it next to the bed – but with the ringer off. It’s still hard to ignore sometimes. #workinprogress

{T} Thank the day

Taking a moment to feel grateful at the end of the day has been a game changer for me. Instead of focusing on what went wrong and playing conversations over and over in my mind like a bad song on replay, I try to shift my focus to what went right.

What did I love about my day? Even if it was a crapper, what redeeming qualities can I dig up? Did I get to hug my kids? Did my dinner taste delicious? Does my bed feel good?

Making a commitment to writing these things down in a journal or on a piece of paper that goes in a gratitude jar can literally change our lives for the better.

That’s a START, anyway. I’d love to know what other bedtime rituals you have.

Until next time, I’m wishing you sweet dreams.

Kate

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High Fives on High Five Day

I’m smiling as I write this because of the fact that there’s such a thing as National High Five Day. I mean, what a day maker. And this year it looks like there’s a great cause attached to it.

The best way to celebrate this cool holiday is to throw some high fives in the air like you just don’t care. You can bet I’ll be doing this all day. And I’ll be using this for some inspiration.

In addition to celebrating friends and strangers, what about the things we depend on every day, but take for granted?

I thought it would be fun to share a few things around my house that make my life soooo much easier. And for that, I’m high-fiving all of them – personally. >

{ONE} The Keurig

Dear Keurig, I love your perfectly measured one-cup servings of any hot drink of my choice. You’re there for me every morning – without fail. Unless I forget to descale you, like that one time last month when you stopped working. That was on me, though.

I thank you for your consistency, for your prompt service, for keeping me from wasting coffee at the bottom of a large pot, and for pouring me a cup of tea immediately after serving Brandon his dark roast. You’re truly magical, and I high five you.

{TWO} Baking Soda

To the large yellow boxes of baking soda in my pantry, freezer, bathroom and laundry room, I know I’ve never told you this before, but you are my favorite multi-tasking genius. You keep me from having to stock up on a bunch of cleaning supplies that are full of chemicals.

I can pour you down the drain, around the shower, over nasty spills, and into smelly laundry bins – and you always do your job. I feel like your abilities are endless, and I’m still getting to know all that you can do. High five for being a true champion.

{THREE} Mini Purse Inside My Purse

Hello, little purse that carries all of my lady essentials and over-the-counter medicines that I don’t want the general public to see every time I open my large purse. I appreciate your demure nature…quietly and eternally riding shotgun next to my wallet.

You’re my go-to source for any of life’s unexpected situations: both medical and beauty related. There have been many times when I don’t know what I would have done without you. Hive five for being my best kept secret.

{FOUR} Rubber Bands

My dearest stretchy, round wonder, you’re on this list for the many practical ways you come to the rescue. Like the time my pants were too tight and I had to extend my waistline. Haha!

I even wrote a post about you several months ago. And even since then, I have found more creative ways to put you to work. Double high fives to you.

{FIVE} Gratitude Journal

Finally, I’d like to thank my gratitude journal.

While your pages are filled with lists of things I’m grateful for, I don’t know if you’re actually mentioned. I do see the irony. So today, I high five you for many reasons. For keeping me focused on the blessings in my life – even on the crappiest days. For keeping me accountable…when I see you on my nightstand, I’m reminded to stop and jot something down. And for helping me archive memories that I will one day look back on and smile, yet again.

Now for you, my friend and reader! I’m super excited you’re here and am sending you virtual high fives. I also wish you a beautiful day.

Blessings,

-Kate

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The Art of Thank Yous

As a properly raised Southern girl, I grew to love writing and receiving thank you notes. Even with emails, texts, Facebook messages and snaps (actually, especially because of those things) I adore receiving a good ol’ fashioned paper note with ink and a stamp. I assume others do, too. So I send them!

As a small confession, though, I still have notes to write from the holidays. That’s why I’ve been doing some note shopping. There are so many beautiful options to choose from, I gathered a list of my faves.

Walmart: Polka Dots & Roses

{I actually picked up these darling cards from Walmart yesterday. They’re not specifically labeled as “thank you” cards, so the girls and I can use them for all kinds of note sending.}

Here are some more beautiful options. I might have to stock up on these for future gratitude. >

Zazzle: Black Stripe with Pink Flowers

{Don’t these remind you of the ones I bought at Walmart? They have a more direct message, though. And I love that pink flower. Such a pretty detail.}

Rifle Paper: Wildflower Postcard

{I like the idea of sending a simple postcard. And these are just downright gorgeous.}

Kate Spade: Paint Brush Stripes

{This one has it all…hand lettering, a designed envelope and plenty of shine. Thanks, Kate Spade.}

Minted: Personalized Citrus

{I found this in the bridal section of Minted, but there’s no reason you couldn’t order personalized notes like these for some everyday thanks.}

Papyrus: Merci

{This wins in the “playful” category. Love the bright polka dots and circus-style lettering. Oui?}

Rose Arbor @ Target

{Look at that pretty floral font…and matching envelope. Too stinkin’ cute. I can see my girls giving these out to friends. Oh, maybe for their upcoming birthday?}

Paper Source: Typewriter Notes

{Typewriters make me feel nostalgic. When I was little, I would visit my Gram’s house and pound away for hours on her Smith Corona. I’d write poetry and hang it on the walls of her apartment. Seeing this thank you note made me think of those happy moments – and gave me a double dose of gratitude.}

Davie Paper Co. @ Etsy

{Sometimes adding a pinch of humor to a thank you can be just what you – and your friend – needs. And this is a great one.}

Well, I guess I should scoot and write some notes already. If you want some tips on composing a great note, I have some for you here!

Have a great day and know that I’m always and forever thankful for you. I appreciate you reading and being my blog buddy.

XoXoXo,

Kate

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A November Welcome + Permission Not to be Perfect

The month of November holds a special place in my heart because it’s when I celebrate my wedding anniversary, my mom’s birthday, Thanksgiving, and cooler air with the most gorgeous leaves on our sugar maple trees.

In fact, you know that fresh-start feeling on New Year’s Day when everything gets rebooted – like a computer? You examine your health, habits, relationships, and any projects that had been sitting idle and nudge them into motion? I actually get this feeling now.

I try not to let the “bigness” of the upcoming holidays and busy schedules overpower me.

Sitting in the joy and gratitude of November is an awesome way to recognize the month.

I’ve seen lots of people take on gratitude challenges this time of year. In theory, this is a beautiful idea. And this is one of the best lists I’ve seen so far >>

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I have to admit that while I want to join the ranks and post something online that I’m grateful for each and every day, the thought of this challenge is both exciting and stressful to me. As someone who steps in and out of the grip of perfectionism, this type of activity can be a trap.

I’ll get all gung-ho…for a few days. I might even buy and new journal and special pen just for the occasion. But by the fifth or sixth day, I might miss writing something down. So I try to get back on schedule, maybe even backtrack. Then I miss another day. At this point I have holes. Holes that taunt me from their stupid blank pages. Instead of letting go, I leave. I ditch the idea altogether, because I feel like I failed. Then I feel guilty for messing up and giving up.

And this was supposed to be a peaceful and enjoyable experience…about feeling grateful?!

I do realize how crazy this sounds. It’s still hard, though. So I’m taking a cue from Brene Brown and am writing myself a permission slip.

“Kate, you have permission to mess up. Even with a simple gratitude challenge. You can skip a day, forget a day, or even not know what the hell to be thankful for, because it’s a tough day. You’re imperfect, and that, in itself, is perfect.”

So today I take on the challenge of sharing my thanks. I won’t promise to post something every day…or even once a week for Thankful Thursdays. I’ll simply start by sharing five things I’m grateful for today, on this awesome Friday. And let’s see where it goes from here. >>

{ONE} My mom’s 80th birthday

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My sweet mom, Mimi, is turning 80 years old this weekend! My entire family (all five siblings) will be gathering for the first time in we-can’t-even-remember-how-long to celebrate my mom and all of her awesomeness. I’m so thankful we’re able to pull this off, and I can’t wait to see my mom’s smile when she sees all of her babies in one spot!! 😉

{TWO} Friends I can lean on

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More times than I can count on my hands and feet, I’ve relied on friends to help me out. Whether it’s a carpool ride, point of view, beer buddy, listening ear, high five, or encouraging hug, I’ve been blessed to have the comfort of friends around me. Not all of them are pictured above, but this was taken at a recent GNO and shows a few of my incredible friends here in Arkansas. I love and appreciate them so much…they have no idea. <3

{THREE} The beach

beach-sunset

I’m still basking in the memories of my recent trip to the beach with Brandon. Sometimes if I’m quiet enough, I can hear the ocean waves and taste the salty air. I’m obsessed with the ocean and am so thankful B was able to score that lovely trip to Laguna. P.S. That picture has no filter.

{FOUR} This phrase…

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Okay, so this is another Brene Brown reference. I was recently watching a video of her talking to Oprah, and she made this bold and tearful statement. More than anything, she wanted to be known for contributing more than she criticized.

It struck a deep chord with me, as I sometimes look with a critical eye at situations and even people. And as I scroll through my Facebook feed full of criticism about politicians and life’s situations, I can easily get caught up in the drama. So I’m thankful for this reminder – and motto.

How can I contribute instead of fanning the flames of negativity around me?

{FIVE} The right to vote

Speaking of politics, in a way, Tuesday is an incredibly important day. As a U.S. citizen, and more specifically as a woman, it’s our right to be able to vote.

There were many women before us who had to fight for this right. The ultimate sign of gratitude for their efforts is for us to stand up and voice our opinion through our vote.

No matter who you’re rooting for (or even against), that’s not the point. The ultimate message is to let yourself be heard. Take a moment to read up on the issues and get to know the politicians in your district, state, and country. Then get out there on Tuesday, if you haven’t already, and cast your vote. Your voice matters.

Okay, friends. That’s a wrap for this first friday of November. Here’s to a messy, mismatched weekend – that’s perfectly imperfect.

XoXo,

Kate

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How to Create the Perfect Thank You Note

Now that the holidays are behind us, and we’ve attended our festive parties, fattened our bellies, and unwrapped gifts from our thoughtful friends and family, it’s time to reflect and relish in all the things we have to be grateful for. That’s right, it’s time for a few thank yous!

Thankful Quote

Feel free to share this image! <3

The best way to show your gratitude is with a good ol’ fashioned handwritten note. Sending a quick email or text message is nice and can be done in a timely manner. But when you sit down to write a letter (like with a pen on an actual piece of paper), there’s a deeper level of connection that’s made between you and the person who gave you the gift. So why not take a few moments to make that happen?

There are three key ingredients to creating the perfect thank you note.

{ONE} THE CARD

Thank you card

Store bought cards are great. I promise. It’s really the message that’s the most meaningful, so don’t let a DIY card project stand in the way of sending a timely note.

If you’re able to carve out just a few extra minutes, though, here’s a super quick way to personalize a card for that sweet, gift-giving friend of yours. Here’s all you need to make the card shown above:

Double-sided scrapbook paper

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Edging punch or scissors

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Pretty alphabet stickers

Martha Stewart alphabet stickers

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What to do:

  1. Fold your double-sided paper in half.
  2. Cut the paper to the size of your envelope.
  3. Use edging scissors to cut across the top “flap”. This creates a pretty peek-a-boo design on the cover.
  4. Find the letter of your friend’s first or last name on your sticker sheet, and apply it to the front of your card.
  5. Now you’re ready to write your thoughtful message!

{TWO} THE MESSAGE

Sometimes this part trips people up the most. Where do you start? What should you say so it doesn’t sound forced or canned? Starting with a simple “thank you” is always good. Here are a few other statements to get you off to a good start:

  • You deserve a hug! I am so grateful for the (gift item) you gave me.
  • I feel so blessed to have you in my life. The fact that you took time to send me a (gift item) meant a lot.
  • How did you know I totally needed a (gift item)? You are seriously the best.

Once you have that part down, say something personal. What will you do with the gift, where will you put it, or what did the gesture mean to you?

Next, mention the next time you might see each other. Such as, “I can’t wait to see you at the reunion.” Then restate your appreciation as your close. “Thank you again for your kindness.”

{THREE} THE TIMING

Send a thank you as soon as you can. A good rule of thumb is to send a card within a month after the event. That means you have until the end of January to have your holiday thank yous in the mail.

If it’s later than that, start your note with a brief apology. “I’ve been meaning to tell you…” is a great statement to use. Be sure to follow with something personal about the gift. Has the gift really come in handy? Is there a funny or cute story to share? Those details can make the tardiness of the message worth the wait.

Okay, friends. I’m off to jot a few notes myself. Here’s to a day filled with gratitude!!

-Kate

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish each of you the happiest of Thanksgivings filled with the sweetest of blessings! Thank you for being such dear friends and readers of the blog. I cherish your support and want to share this Thanksgiving poem written by one of my favorites, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Together, let’s give thanks…

Love and hugs,

-Kate

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Friday Wrap: Feeling Thankful

This has been a whirlwind of a week – in a positive sense. I have been overwhelmed by the support of so many friends and readers of the blog as I branched out in to completely new territory. Let’s dive right into the deets of the week, shall we?

Blogged while sipping on bordeaux. It was a long day.

{ONE} My first official giveaway!

Qostr giveaway

I’m teaming up with my friends at Qostr to give away one free set of designer coasters this week!

This is my first foray into giveaways, so I know it’s not perfect. In fact, I would love and appreciate any feedback on what you would change, add or keep. I’m using Rafflecopter as the platform for entering.

Anyway, my goal is to introduce you to new companies that have fun and beautiful products I think you’ll love. These coasters are one of them.

The giveaway is still on, so be sure to enter by 7pm Central tonight to get your name in the game!

{TWO} The Neat Nook Facebook page

The Neat Nook Facebook page

I went round and round over whether or not I should create a dedicated page for The Neat Nook. I was leaning toward a “yes, just do it already.” But I hadn’t set the time aside. I’m sure it was self doubt wondering who would even care, so why put time into it? That left me posting updates on my personal page from time-to-time hoping my friends would amuse me with all the Neat Nook talk. And they did. Because they’re sweet like that.

When it came time to launch the giveaway, though, I discovered I needed a fan page to promote things on Facebook. There was my answer and motivation. A fan page it is!

It launched on Tuesday, and I already have such wonderful feedback and many “likes”. It’s so encouraging, and I appreciate each and every one of you who took time to stop by and give me a shout out. I take it all to heart!

{THREE} The first blogiversary – coming soon!

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I swear, I blinked and whole year flew by. I’ll be celebrating my first blogiversary on October 20th. This endeavor has proven that I can stay dedicated to a hobby longer than 10 days, which is my usual attention/interest span for things. I really do love this. And I hope to keep sharing good and thoughtful ideas with you all. You deserve it. Especially if you’re reading every word of this post. You get bonus points for perseverance.

As for the celebration…I’m still planning a virtual party of sorts. All ideas are welcome. If you’re a fellow blogger, what has worked for you?! I do know part of it will include a special planner giveaway. Watch for more details next week!

{FOUR} Last soccer game of the season

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Life beyond the blog continues, and I can’t believe my two little bears are already finished with their fall soccer season. Weren’t we just in swim suits – like a few weeks ago? It feels that way, anyway. Thank goodness Evan still has a few weeks left, but the clock is definitely ticking.

Oh, and I have to share that Brandon received 100% thumbs up on his coaching skills – as voted by his players. He pretty much rocked it.

I know there are soccer mom jokes out there, but I wear the title with upmost pride. I think the sport is awesome for kids – and I love watching them play.

{FIVE} Rosemary gifts

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In the midst of total busyness this week, I was honored to have had a personal conversation with a new friend. As we both paused from our work, she shared with me that this week marks the eighth anniversary of her brother’s death.

She went on to tell me a little about his life and the impact he had on others. What struck me was the way she lovingly spoke about him and held back her tears. He’s still very much alive in her heart and spirit. It was beautiful to see, and it provided some much needed perspective. We never know when our time will come.

I wanted to comfort her in some way, so I did the only thing I knew and went to my garden. My mom taught me that rosemary is a symbol of love and remembrance, so I snipped a few sprigs and added some white coneflowers to the mix. After I delivered the bundle to my friend, I realized she was actually the one who had given me a gift this week. She opened up her heart and reminded me to “never give up” on anything in life – because it’s painfully too short.

Here’s hoping you make the most of today. It’s a beautiful Friday, after all.

Love and hugs,

Kate

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