Update #11: 2017 is rapidly approaching!

Hi. OMG! Where has time gone!

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Actually, I do know. My time went to Gilmore Girls and pizza.

But for real, where has 2016 gone?? It’s December 7th (Happy Pearl Harbor Day) and I cannot believe that we are less than three weeks away from Christmas!

First off, I want to say thank you to all my family, friends, vendors and everyone who attended Small Lady Business Saturday over the weekend. The event was a HUGE success! We had over 300 people attend and it was non-stop all day!! It would not have been a success without out everyone support! Here are some snapshots from the event!

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It went so well!! Thank you again for all your love and support! All three of us cannot wait till next year! It is going to be bigger and better than ever!

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But seriously? Where has 2016 gone? I spent the remainder of the weekend posting my holiday products on my Etsy!

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Sunday was a haze of Disney movies and Photoshop. I am still trying to stay sane as the end of the year slowly approaches!!

I have a few fun projects coming up in the near future I can’t wait to share!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

 

Update #10: Small -Lady- Business Saturday! Come Support and Visit!

Hello!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week??? I can’t! Soon, it’ll be Christmas, then New Year’s, then 2020.

I exaggerate.

But anyway! I posted about a month ago how I was going on a little hiatus from my site to focus on a few special projects. One of the projects I have been working on (shameless self promotion time) is a small lady business Saturday event!

This event was founded by two good friends of mine in 2015, and I had the opportunity to have a booth at the event last year. This year, I volunteered to help organize the event with the two of them. (Wow! I did not realize how much work went into it and I cannot believe the two of them did it by themselves last year! Kudos!)

Not sure when the small business Saturday movement started, but this event is similar in that it encourages patrons to shop local for the holidays but with one twist…we feature lady business owners!

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I will also be vending at the event as well! Please come out and support not only small business, but girl bosses of Northeast Ohio!

You can find a full list of the vendors at our Facebook event page found here!

Hope to see you there!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Blog Update #9: It’s been a while!

OMG! It’s been a while!

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As I was enjoying a cup of coffee and a much needed day off work, I realized that it has been a while since I posted an entry. I mean, it has been on my to-do list, however it keeps being pushed further and further down as other things come up that I don’t want to say were more important, just a little more time sensitive.

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I blinked and August was gone. I blinked again and there went September. Now, I cannot believe that October is almost over! I seriously have no idea where time has gone! I’ve had so many plans and ideas an no time to accomplish them! I cannot wait to share them!

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Just wanted to do a quick update and say that I’m not gone forever! I promise! I know it’s been forever. Holiday is usually a busy season for me so I may be slowing down on here over the next couple month (probably just till the end of the year).

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I do eventually plan on sharing the reasons behind why I have not been present. I’ve been working on a few pretty big projects in addition to building my inventory for holiday. As most of you know (or may have read) I also have a full time day job that keeps me busy 40 hours a week, so life is one big juggling act for me. Although, I don’t know how to juggle so this is a bad analogy, balancing act? That’s probably better.

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Talk soon,
Jennifer

Explore Ohio: Favorite Brunch Spots

Whenever I am getting to know someone, one of the questions I always ask them is “what is your top five favorite food?” Then, of course, they ask me in return. I love food, and it can be hard to come up with your top favorite foods on the spot. Not for me: potatoes, breakfast, pizza, butter, chocolate. It took a while to nail this down, but I’ve been asked that question so many times!

I eat #1 and #2 on my list a least once a week. Today, I am here to share my favorite brunch places in Northeast Ohio (Akron/Cleveland). Author note: restaurants are in no particular order! (now THAT is asking a lot!!)

Inn on Coventry2785 Euclid Heights Blvd # 2, Cleveland, OH 44106

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This is probably our “go-to” spot when we am in Cleveland. They have a traditional menu, but they also have a few fun combinations! This is a pretty popular spot, so expect a wait at peak times on Saturday and Sunday mornings (10am – 1pm).

Jack Flaps 3900 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

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Calling all waffle and pancake lovers! This is your place! Jack Flaps features a diverse menu of both sweet and savory waffle and pancake recipes. I’m a little kid when it comes to food, so what do I recommend? The Belgium waffle with peanut butter mouse, fresh bananas, and candied bacon…yum!

Garrett’s Mill 4226 Hudson Dr, Stow, OH 44224

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This is my “go-to” spot in Akron. From the minute you walk in, you feel welcomed. Every time I have been there, the owner greets each and every person who walks through the door. Again, traditional breakfast menu with a few unique recipes. What’s so special? You have to try their ice cream!

XYZ the Tavern6419 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

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XYZ in located in Gordon Square and is more than just a brunch spot. They are usually a lunch/dinner spot, butoffer brunch ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays. This spot is known for their BBQ, but they have a fantastic weekend brunch too! This is also a very popular spot, seating is first come, first serve so expect a little bit of a wait, but very worth it!

Nosh Eatery5929 Darrow Rd #2, Hudson, OH 44236

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My favorite thing about Nosh is that the menu changes every month, so there is always a different menu when you visit! It’s a very cozy spot and the menu is somewhat limited, so don’t expect to get your traditional eggs and bacon (not that it’s a bad thing!). They also source local ingredients and you can tell that the head chef is very passionate about what they do because the food is delicious!! Brunch Club Members beware: they are CLOSED on Sundays 🙁

If you know of a great brunch place in the Cleveland/Akron area, please let me know!! I LOVE trying new brunch spots probably more than any other type of restaurant. I can eat breakfast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! After writing this posts, now I am craving breakfast!!

Happy eating!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Recycled Soup Cans! (Five Different Ways)

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Hey! Hi! Howdy!

I hope you’re having a good weekend!

I know it’s totally not soup season, but I still enjoy a good can of soup every now and then! I feel guilty wasting a perfectly good can. The DIY-instinct in me says “recycle!” Here are five different ways to recycle your soup cans

Make a Weave!

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Pipe Cleaners!

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Alternate colored pipe cleaner to make a colorful pattern! Use hot glue to adhere!

Macrame Cord!

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Wrap some macrame cord around the can! Also use hot glue to adhere in place.

Crochet!

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“Yarn bomb” around the can, alternating color until you reach the top. Weave in your ends.

Fabric Covered!

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Cut a piece of fabric the size of the can. Use fabric glue or modge podge to adhere them onto the can!

What ways do you recycle your soup cans??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

February Mini Album!

I am slowly but surely getting my 2016 mini albums together! I finished my January album back in March. This month I finished February and March!

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I used this Mint 4X4 Album and added some jewel flair to the front.

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I really like using these phrase stickers with my February album! It kept the pages simple yet fun at the same time!

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I love looking through these albums! I cannot believe I was wearing a sundress in the middle of February!

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I’m excited to read and re-read some my E-courses that I’ve purchased to incorporate some new techniques! I may even have to look through some of my past art journals! At some point, I will be caught up on the months and can release my post in conjunction with the end of the month.

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What about you? What is your favorite way to document some of your favorite life moments??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Capture Real Life: Week Two

A Beautiful Mess released this course called Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks last year. I purchased this E-Course over a year ago and never got around to completing it.

Each week I will be sharing the photos I take from the course work. I will not be sharing the content – only the weekly challenge. Want to complete this challenge with me?? You can buy the course here! Each weekly course has different prompts and helpful hits to help you complete the challenge. I think it’ll be fun! If you will be doing this challenge with me leave a comment and I will be sure to check out your photos!

Without further delay, here is week two: “Guilty Pleasures”

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Guilty pleasures are a hard thing for me to capture because I really don’t have any! I have no shame in the things I like to do, music I listen to, or movies/tv shows I watch. One thing that always cheers me up on a bad day is a new project! My apartment is filled with homemade stuff! I tell all my new guests, if it looks homemade it probably is!

See you next week 🙂

Talk soon,
Jennifer

New Flair Collection: Enamel Pins

I think I’m jumping on the flair band-wagon a little late, but at first I didn’t get it! I know that statement sounds a little weird. “What do you mean you don’t get it?! They are pretty!” Well, yes, they are, but I felt like I was still missing something.

Then it came to me! I actually started collecting enamel pins when I was younger…guitar shaped ones from different Hard Rock Cafes. I have over 25 pins from different Hard Rocks that either I have visited or my Papa Bear has visited on our travels. What if I got pins that signify different events in my life. That was my “ah ha!” moment.

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Heart Sunnies.

These heart shaped sunnies represent 2016 and how awesome of a year it has been. I can’t believe it is halfway over! I do wear glasses all the time and I thought this pin was a good representation of the saying “This is My Year!”

Here are the ones I am scouting to add to my collection next:

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1. Camper. 2. Badger. 3. Latte Heart. 4. Dream Machine. 5. Adventure Globe.

I won’t bore you with why I want each of these pins. Of course, my next purchase you will know about! There is a ton of space on my bag for more!

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What are some of your favorite websites to shop for pins? I’m obsessed now!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Capture Real Life: Week One

A Beautiful Mess released this course called Capture Real Life in 52 Weeks last year. I purchased this E-Course over a year ago and never got around to completing it.

One of my birthday goals in 2014 was to document my life more, and I have been making a valiant effort. I started making my monthly albums and sharing more on Instagram. Now I think I need to challenge myself. I think this course will be a fun way to do that!

Each week I will be sharing the photos I take from the course work. I will not be sharing the content – only the weekly challenge. Want to complete this challenge with me?? You can buy the course here! Each weekly course has different prompts and helpful hits to help you complete the challenge. I think it’ll be fun! If you will be doing this challenge with me leave a comment and I will be sure to check out your photos!

Without further delay, here is week one: “Good Morning, Good Night”

Good Morning

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Good Night

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My days always being with coffee and JayJay hogging the bed and usually end with crafts and a movie on the couch!

Don’t forget to comment if you are doing this challenge with me! See you next week!

Talk soon,
Jennifer