The Boston Marathon

Today we have a guest!!  Let me introduce you to Dan, my husband! I know you’ve seen pictures of him before, but I believe this is the first time he’s ever written on my blog!

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This April, Dan will be running 26.2 miles. In Boston!  He got this hair brained idea last April and has been training ever since.

But before he gets there, he has to raise $5000 for a great cause….childhood obesity. And we need your help! If you’d like to donate, please click here.  And if you’re curious, read his story below (in Dan’s own words)…

 Last April I went to Boston to support my friend, Chris, who was running the Boston Marathon for the first time.  After watching him finish and experiencing the amazing atmosphere, I immediately called my wife, Jen, and said:  “I want to do this next year!”

What’s funny about that is I have never been a runner.  Ever!  I tried running track in middle school.  My personal best was coming in NEXT to LAST on the 800 meter sprint.  Yeah!  Yes, I’ve done sports that involved running… but when it came to just going out and running for the sake of the run….well, the couch seemed just comfortable enough!

In fact, the couch has always been a very comfortable place to be.  While I was active in high school and college, my life became more sedentary the older I became.  This isn’t surprising.  Most of us experience this… life and responsibility get in the way of being active, right?  Besides… who wants to get up and go get sweaty and stinky and have burning, achy muscles when we don’t have too? Sounds reasonable.

But with that decision comes the baggage.  And by baggage I mean the pounds.  Probably 30 of them and their closest friends.  They liked to hang out around my waist line and upper thighs.  Lovely!  Of course it didn’t help that in medical school all you feel like you can do is sit around and study.  Then comes residency where you are provided all the doughnuts and soda pop you can enjoy while working 6 days of the week.   Needless to say, I didn’t emerge from this experience looking my best!  My rock bottom was looking at my new driver’s license after moving back to Washington state and seeing double chins and jowls.  Jowls!  Like a hound dog!

So, several years ago my wife and I started working out again.  We started with joining a gym and then an outdoor “boot camp” group.  We added weight lifting and focusing on nutrition (goodbye doughnuts and soda… I loved you so much).  What was even better was watching our kids get into it.  They wanted to “work out” with us and even try to eat healthily.  It’s great to think that we have hopefully instilled a lifestyle in them and tools that they can use throughout their lives. (They still give in to McDonald’s, but only once in a blue moon.)

Now it’s April 2014, and I’m on the phone with Jen saying I want to run in the world’s most prestigious marathon.  She’s actually laughing on the other end!  Remember… I’m not a runner.  I don’t think I would time qualify for the Boston Marathon if I could DRIVE it!  But I remain undaunted.

We start looking  into ways that I could pursue this dream.  A friend of ours suggests looking into the American Medical Athletic Association (AMAA).  (Thanks Tammy!)  This is a charity that focuses on childhood obesity and changing how our youth exercise and eat… and this strikes a chord.  This was a charity I could get behind and really support!   It resonated with my own personal struggles, as well as what I want to impart to my own children.  And let’s face it, as an ER physician, if we could eliminate obesity… well, my work life gets a whole lot easier!

So here I am today.  I’ve been running 4 or 5 days a week for the past 8 months.  I’ve done two half marathons.  Guess what… I actually enjoyed them!  But now it’s time to tackle the big one… and I would love your help and partnership.

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If anything I have shared resonates with you and any struggle you, a family member, friend or co-worker has experienced, then I encourage you to help kick obesity in its fat ass!  With your help we can continue to ensure that our next generation can be healthier and fitter than every before.   Please take to the opportunity to donate on this website.

To donate, please click HERE.

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Minted Artwork

Happy 2015, everyone!

Over the past few months, I’ve started slowly updating our master bedroom.  It’s been a LONG time coming!  Why is the master bedroom often the most ignored room in the house?  I will be posting some pictures of the bedroom on the blog soon.  I just hate putting the ‘before’ shots up because let’s face it, it’s not pretty. But I will be vulnerable and share the ugly truth….just not today.

Over the holidays, I ordered our Christmas cards from Minted and started looking through their art marketplace to decorate our bedroom wall.  They have an incredible amount of art! And at reasonable prices too!

There is everything from photography….

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…to abstract art…

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…to drawings and paintings…

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Did you know that Minted also has some really fun save the date cards? Dan and I are approaching our 18th anniversary in a few weeks.  Maybe I was just in a fog, but save the date cards weren’t much ‘a thing’ when we got married.  But they’re so handy now…and so fun to receive in the mail!

Here are a few of my favorite save the date cards from Minted….

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or this simple one….

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And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Minted  has to offer!  Basically, if you have ANY paper needs, head over to minted.com! I’m sure they have what you need!

I plan to continue browsing minted.com’s art section for our master bedroom.  And I’ll be sure to blog about which pieces we choose!

jen

Online Fabric Store Feature

Hi Everyone!!  I unintentionally took a short hiatus from blogging!  We took the kids to Hawaii a few weeks ago and I’ve yet to even blog about that. But today I wanted to share a fun feature that my blog received this week!

I’m sure you remember Emmie’s bedroom update.  Onlinefabricstore.com featured Emmie’s room on their blog!

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So feel free to head on over to onlinefabricstore.com and check out their incredible fabric selection.  And while you’re at it, take a peek at their blog too!

I hope to get some vacation pics up here in a few days.  So please come back to see them!

jen

Fairhaven District in Bellingham

Every year for Christmas, my dad and step mom give Dan and me a night away.  They watch the kids and pay for a hotel for us to have a 24 hour getaway.  Of course it’s been 9 months since Christmas, but this weekend, we redeemed our gift.

On Friday, we dropped the kids off at the grandparents.  And Dan and I headed to Bellingham!  We stayed at the Chrysalis Inn, which is in the Fairhaven district in Bellingham.

The hotel was lovely.

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While I was busy taking pictures of our room, Dan had fun with the sliding doors between the bathroom and bedroom.

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{Isn’t he cute in his hat!?}

And the view from our room…..incredible.

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It was just a quick walk to the main strip of stores from the hotel.

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Everything was so quaint!  I couldn’t resist taking pictures!

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We walked by this restaurant….

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….which holds a special place in my heart.  Exactly two years ago, we sat on their outdoor patio and Dan challenged me to finally start writing this blog!!

We enjoyed walking around town, treated ourselves to some coffee, took pictures  and walked back to the hotel when we were done.  And if you were in the greater Seattle area this weekend, you’ll be amazed to know we did all that with no rain!

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Thank you to my dad and step mom for a fun 24 hours away!

If you ever get the chance, take a stroll through Bellingham. You won’t be disappointed!

jen

Design Camp Overview

I realize I’m a bit late with my overview of Design Camp.  But my old computer was maxed out and didn’t have space to upload pictures.  So now that I have my new Mac, I’m back in business!!

Design Camp was unbelievable.  Full of information and an amazing lineup of speakers!

But let’s start at the beginning…..the hotel.

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We stayed at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle.  For the first few minutes at the hotel, I had a bit of guilt….

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…because this was all mine for two days!

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And it was a huge hotel room.  Once I took a look around, I got over my guilt and started to enjoy myself!

They even supply you with an animal print bathrobe!

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And don’t you love these brick walls!?

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Ok, enough of the hotel.  On to the people.

This was the first conference I attended without my trusty sidekicks, Lori and Amanda.  But thankfully, I had a few local blog friends that I hadn’t met in person.

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Meeting Stacey Steward from Steward of Design {on the left} and Maggie Morgan of Maggie Rose Interiors {on the right} was so  much fun!

And I had the opportunity to meet other great designer from across the US, like Molly Quinn from Louisiana.

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Molly and I met the first evening in the hotel lobby and enjoyed hanging out during the entire conference.

And now onto the speakers…..

Design Camp was put on by Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis.  Both of these ladies are incredibly talented designers….

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…and so down to earth!

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They brought with them an amazing line up of speakers.

Nathan Turner {from Million Dollar Decorators} spoke on his journey to success.

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Ronda Rice Carman from All the Best spoke about her journey to being published.

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Cassandra Lavalle {Coco+Kelley} is a successful blogger from Seattle.  She spoke on creating and maintaining a successful blog.

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But I think the most information and inspirational speaker {for me} was Kimberley Seldon.

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Kimberley spoke on the business of design. She challenged each and every designer to charge what they are worth. And to not apologize for it! Not only was she encouraging and challenging to the novice and experienced designer, but she was funny as can be!

The conference was filled with so much incredible information.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Design Camp, DO IT! You won’t regret it for a single minute.

Thank you, thank you to Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis. You outdid yourselves.

jen

A New Computer

My laptop is old.  I believe it’s 5 years old.  And in computer life, that’s old!  It’s slow and has a hard time keeping up.  So, it was time for an upgrade.

Dan was off one day this week so we headed to the Mac store to do some research.  And while we didn’t come home with a new computer, we placed an order for one!!

This is similar to the one that should be heading my way in the next few days {I hope!}.

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We are a Mac family.   We drank the kool-aid and are convinced that Apple has the best products out there.

While I’m looking forward to my newer and faster computer, I hate that I’ll be without it for a day or two while all of my data is transferred over.

While I’m enjoying a computer free day, you should check out my social media pages!

Come follow me on twitter …

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Or on instagram …

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Or how about Pinterest

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If you don’t currently follow me on social media, please click one of the links below!  And hopefully I’ll be back in a few days visiting you from my new laptop!

jen

Design Bloggers Conference Recap

I think I’m finally caught up from returning from the Design Bloggers Conference.


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Bags are unpacked and laundry is {almost} done. Now I get to sort through my pictures and reminisce over a great few days away.

I had the chance to attend the conference with two friends, Lori {Lori May Interiors} and Amanda {Amanda Carol Home}.  You should check out their blogs….they are both very talented designers!

Here are a few highlights of the trip….

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Internet connection and a Starbucks in the hotel made for a great start to the conference!

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I had the opportunity to meet Ross from Million Dollar Decorators! {Though I confess, for as much reality tv that I watch, this show was not on my list. It is now!!}

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They served wine and sake one afternoon, during the conference!

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Some amazing speakers were brought in for the event!  Talented designers Barbara Barry {above} and Charlotte Moss both spoke to the crowd.  As did Grammy winner, Patti Austin {above}.  What a treat to hear what they all had to say!

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And this may have been my favorite part of the entire conference….the people!

The above picture is from a dinner out one evening with Amanda {Amanda Carol At Home}, Cheryl {Dwell by Cheryl}, Shelly {Lura Studio} and Lori {Lori May Interiors}.  It’s always so fun to meet new friends and re-connect with old friends at events like this!

The trip was very worthwhile.  And I’m so thankful for the opportunity to go. But as always, it’s good to be home.

jen

Design Bloggers Conference 2013

I just got back from four days in California at the Design Bloggers Conference.

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I have lots of unpacking to do…clothes to wash, design magazines to look through, photo’s to load on my computer {which, by the way, is giving me some issues}.

I hope to have a few more pictures and a quick recap for you over the next day or two!

So stay tuned….

jen

HGTV.COM Update!

My doormat feature on HGTV.com is coming up!

I just found out that the big day is ……

{drum roll please…..}

Monday, December 3rd!!

Click here to be directed to HGTV.com to see the lineup for December.  And if you’d like to sign up to receive a daily email of each feature on the Christmas countdown, click here.

I was asked to be part of this Christmas countdown back in May. I can’t believe that it’s actually time for my doormat feature!

I’m pretty excited!

Jen

Potential Blog Header

Dan thinks it would be neat if I changed my blog header seasonally.  I started blogging last fall, so naturally our feet picture has leaves in it and we’re all wearing some form of brown leather shoes.  We didn’t get any pictures in the snow {Dan and I were fortunate to have missed this years big snow storm because we were celebrating our anniversary in Hawaii!}.

But we did get a flip flop picture this weekend…

Our flip flops all coordinate so well….except for Miss Yellow, Green and Pink on the end! She certainly has her own flair when it comes to fashion.

And while I don’t have plans to change my blog header right now, this would be a good candidate!

Here’s hoping there are still some flip flop weather days left here in the northwest!

jen

 

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