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Until Monday


I'm spending the week away to recharge and focus on a few things that need my attention most right now. I'll be back with fresh content and a lot of missing you next week. <3 P.S. Speaking of Mondays... {Photo via The Fresh Exchange}

Heart Swells

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This week officially marked one year on the blog, so it was fun to look back on all that a year can teach and contain. This weekend, I'm going to a game night with friends, then maybe out on the boat and to a few early Halloween parties. What are you up to? Thank you [...]

Lessons from Blogging: Year One

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Looking back one one year of blogging, here are 8 lessons I've learned in blogging and in life... 1. Start today. Two quotes sum this up perfectly: "A year from now, you'll have wish you started today." - Karen Lamb "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to [...]

One Year

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This week marks the one year anniversary of Heart Swell. Thank you for inviting me into your days. Blogging feels so personal in many ways, but the community that has grown out of this humbles and inspires me. Your kind words mean the world to me every single time. In looking back over the past [...]

Rice Krispies Treats Halloween Pumpkins

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I feel like I've already celebrated more of Halloween this year than in that last several years combined. Last weekend a group of friends and I wore lederhosen at Oktoberfest; this Thursday we're donning western wear for line-dancing; and Friday night we're dressing up as Rockettes for a neighborhood party. That being said, it felt [...]

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

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This past weekend, a group of about 20 friends and I road-tripped to a little Bavarian village in the mountains for a second week of Oktoberfest. We arrived Friday afternoon in time for a hike up Icicle Ridge at dusk (after about an hour attempting to locate said hike) then donned Fräulein outfits and ventured into [...]

Heart Swells

heart swells

Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine contained more quiet nights in than I’ve had in a long time – and a few days in, I FELT the difference. I woke up easier, had more energy in the evenings, and felt more relaxed throughout the day. I just started reading this book, and I’m hoping [...]


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Last week I visited Monterey, California for a business trip. After the conference had finished one night, I walked down to the wharf for a bite to eat. Dusk was just settling in, and the pier was covered in barking seals, brightly colored candy shops, and sailboats rocking in the marina. Here are a few [...]

Fall Sweaters

fall sweaters

Few things feel cozier than snuggling up in a fall sweater. I pulled together some of my favorite styles below in a variety of colors, textures and patterns. Wouldn't these be great to pair with leggings, boots and a scarf? You may purchase the sweaters at the following links: 1/2/3/4/5/6. P.S. More fall fashion: top [...]

Liquor Placecards


We're coming up on party season with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas just a few weeks and months away. I recently saw these liquor placecards, where each person's name is wrapped around a bottle of their favorite kind of alcohol. Wouldn't that be a great idea to implement at a party this season? For bigger parties, [...]