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breathing again….


meltdown averted

head is back in a good place

that was scary

i played with this today

it put me back in my happy place and i know everything will be ok

We leave for vacation on Saturday. I think its the first time that i can remember not being excited to go on vacation.  I don’t know why i’m not excited. I should be. We’re going to Hawaii. I was really looking forward to our other vacation that we cancelled but beggars can’t be choosey.  That vacation can take place next time. It just wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes owning your business gets in the way of the fun stuff. But it feeds the fam and such is life.

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Lately i’ve been feeling so overwhelmed that it is debilitating! I feel like i’m at a complete standstill and can’t breath, think or even function.  Everything is coming at me from different directions and i don’t know where to start. I want to just sit and do nothing but cry.

The “stuff” isn’t bad stuff.  Some of it is absolutely amazing stuff. But its stuff just the same.
But i’m a big girl and i’m a strong girl and i can do this.  Its just stuff.  Stuff can be tackled. I just need a starting point and need to go from there. 
so i’m off to do the stuff. I will NOT get sucked into the computer bliss and I will get “stuff” done today!!!
Hope everyone has an amazing day!  
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Doors close and doors open..

its funny how that works.

One door closes and the other one opens wide up!!!  To take that step into the new door is a little scary but I’m a total risk taker!!!  BRING it baby!!  I’m walking head on into that door!

But life is full of good things and i’m so truly blessed.

There is so much goodness to come and i cannot wait to share it with you. Its incredible.

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Blunt or mean?

Thats a tough call.

I’m very blunt. I can’t help it. Its who i am.

I say what i think and don’t always think about how it affects everyone else. I really do need to get a filter.

If you know me…you know its not meant in ill will or malice.

I said something to someone and i’ve been told that i was mean. It was exactly what i was thinking and feeling and i didn’t think it was mean. It may not have come out sweetly and sensitively but i in no way meant for anyone’s feelings to get hurt.

Again….I am who I am.

I can’t help it.

You love me for who I am or you don’t.

peace and shimmery kisses…


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Polkadots and More ~ Mukwonago, WI

i had THE worst time pronouncing the name of this town. lol

Polkadots and More is really cute! The classroom was nice and big and the customers were tons of fun.

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Creative Cuts and Crafts ~ Elmhurst IL

I had Friday off for a top secret mission. The outcome was good and i’m super excited!

Then off we went to Elmhurst IL to Creative Cuts and Crafts for a full day of teaching on Saturday. Classes started bright and early and 8am.  WHEW!  3 classes back to back.

Claudia (the owner) is crazy (in a good way) and has 11 guest instructors coming in.  CHA is nuts enough but adding on all those classes makes it even more insane. My hats off to Claudia.

Classes were fun.  Loved the gals that i met and i will be seeing them again soon. i’m thinking October 🙂

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Memory Bank ~ Baraboo, WI

This little town was so stinkin cute!!! It had a little square right smack dab in the middle of town. All the quaint little stores surrounded this square.  A band was setting up and coming to play and everyone comes and brings food and drinks and listens to music together. Thats the stuff i LOVE about these small towns i’m coming across in my travels.  I wish we had that.

The store was full of great stuff and Pam was a great host.  She has to take some time off due to some medical reasons and i hope that someone or many someone’s will step up and help take care of the store while she is on leave so that she doesn’t have to close her doors.

These girls were great and the classes fun!!!  Hopefully they will still be there when i come through again. 🙂

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Cruise and Crop Guest Blogger today too!!!

sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming…


I not only blogged for myself. I also blogged for Cruise and Crop!!!   I KNOW!!!!  wow.  I think my friend Michelle is rubbing off on me and I’m getting a little more organized AND focused. Can you say squirrel?! lol

So while you are checking out my stores and my travel stuff head on over to Cruise and Crop and check out my blog post. I had fun doing it.

While you are there be sure to check out the cruise we have coming up in April with Jen and I. THAT will be a blast. It’s both of our birthdays!

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Paper Chalet ~ Monroe, WI

On Tuesday it was off to Paper Chalet for some inky fun!!!

When i pulled up to this store i thought it was fabulous to see a little free standing store. We don’t see many of those anymore at home.

The store was great, the customers were great and we all had a fabulouso day!!!

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Scrapbooking Studio Part 2 – Bloomington IL

whew! I finally get to sit down and blog about my fun stores!!!

i was in Bloomington IL on Monday July 9.  This store is the sister store to Scrapbooking Studio in Moline.

This store was a ton of fun. They even showed up in dress code! Jennifer was the only brave soul. We’re bonded for life now 🙂

Can’t wait to go back to both Scrapbooking Studio‘s.
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