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    Whitewashing our brick fireplace

    Lots of love for this guy right here! My husband came through with his (January) Christmas present to me: whitewashing the brick fireplace. And it came right in time for chilly weather earlier this week! So we broke it in with some s’mores and stories before bedtime 🔥🍫📚. And this was an act of TRUE LOVE, because my husband didn’t really want to change the brick at all! He liked its original, rustic, authentic state. But he loves me, sooooo I win 😀. He first dusted (and even vaccumed) the brick surface. Then he applied water all over the bricks before scrubbing with water and a bit of dish soap, especially…

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    Body-Weight Barre Workout

    I’ve been getting into Barre workouts lately. And by “getting into” I mean trying YouTube videos in my living room 🙂  However, I did formulate this workout below especially for my Fitness Friday peeps:  First position: heels together, toes 2-3 inches apart. Each exercise x 30. Squat half-way down and come up (playground ball between legs recommended)  Squat pulses – “down an inch, up an inch”  Swivel hips (hula) from standing to fully lowered position and return to standing  Repeat hip swivel in a fixed seated position  Fourth Position: like 1st position, but one leg behind the other with heel to toe.  Squat slowly all the way down and return. Repeat…

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    Stars, Stripes & Me

    While I was busy yesterday slicing watermelon and enjoying some patriotic festivities with my family, I wanted to reflect for a couple of minutes on what it means to be an American. This simple label, “American” can have so many connotations around the world, some positive and many negative. But I’ll tell you what it means to me. Being American instills me with deep pride and gratitude. This land that I love offers so many freedoms; its history is so unique and although we often forget and take it for granted, I truly believe this is an extremely blessed country. I don’t mean this in an arrogant manner; in fact I think every…