I want to remember…

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I’ve really been into podcasts lately and last week I shared a few of my favorites. But, I have a new favorite on my list: Grace Talks|Inspiration & Encouragement for Women by Edie Wadsworth (her blog is Life in Grace). Because podcasts are strictly audio I’m inspired in a totally deeper way, especially compared to reading a blog post (with photos). This has been a huge welcomed change for me, mostly because it’s so easy to hitch a ride on the Jealous Train when online.

Something I didn’t expect to happen as a podcast listener is for me to change so much as an individual.

I usually listen to podcasts during naptime a few days each week. They’re a really wonderful way for something new to spark inside me, especially if I need a perspective-change. Being at home with two babies is one of the most difficult tasks I’ve ever had, probably because I love our children so much and want the best for them. It takes a lot of intentionality and consistency to raise children well. So, podcasts have quickly become my naptime BFF.

I want to remember this chapter of life I’m in. Like all past chapters, it’s fleeting; it won’t last long, and I’ll often remember it as easier than when in the thick of it. My current chapter of life is one where affirmation for myself as a parent will come to me in the future. My current chapter is one where I get to live out the awesomeness of parenthood. My current chapter is one where I get to nurture, feed, and encourage my children on a daily basis.

For Christmas 2014 I received a red leather journal and it’s one of my favorite gifts. (I’ve gotten smarter as I’ve gotten older, and any gift that helps me refine who I am or better serve my family/friends is what I wish for.) Within this journal I write down my prayers, ideas and daily musings. But I’ve also been taking notes on the podcasts I listen to.

In Edie’s first podcast, A Life of Calling, she describes our calling as “that thing I do when I daydream”, which is such an interesting perspective. How many times do we daydream about X but actually spend our lives doing Y?

It used to be such a struggle for me that I hit pause on my handmade businesses so I could focus on my family — but after I spent some time reflecting on what Edie shared I now think differently.

Isn’t what I daydreamed about exactly what I’m doing with my life? Taking care of my babies, creating things (remember when I shared how I used to paint rocks with nail polish as a kiddo?), and my best friend is my super handsome husband. So what that I’m not designing new product or sewing ruffles. OF COURSE I miss that chapter of my life, but I don’t see it as fully closed. Besides, I’ve happily accepted that creating can happen in the kitchen, in the nursery or in our neighborhood. A bonus, for sure.

I have many struggles and one of them is (has been? could this really be behind me?) wondering what my purpose is. I often thought I had to continue with my handmade shops in order to feel like a creative person, when really I’m still living a creative life I’m just also surrounded by my children.

I want to remember these times as great times. And the next time I need to be inspired in a deeper way you betcha I’m going to find myself a podcast to listen to, because I know I’ll need to be and I know there’s one out there ;)

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For the Creative DIY-ers…

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When I first began to sew it was 2008 and I had recently discovered the goodness of Etsy. A few months later, newly married yet unemployed living in Detroit (what?!), I realized I had the power to take my addiction to sewing and turn it into a handmade business. All I needed to do was learn more about sewing, social media, and creating a community online. It took a bit of time but overall it was super easy. I loved each of these things and so it was a worthwhile investment.

I mostly used YouTube and library books to learn how to sew, but there are other resources available like eBooks — which are always updated and super relevant.

Fast-forward since 2008: have you heard of The Ultimate DIY Bundle? It’s a DIY library of 76 books on the topics of crafts, holidays & seasonal, home & garden, home decor, photography, scrapbooking & art journaling, sewing, the business of DIY, and writing. Can you even imagine the tools/resources this library can offer you personally or for your business?

A few of the sewing eBooks //

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The Ultimate DIY Bundle is your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from pet photography and home decor to chalk pastels and sewing.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.


Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 5 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

This amazing deal ends in just…

You may not feel like you’re ready to start a business, or feel like you have any time to DIY, but here’s what I do know: this is a great bundle of resources and they’re waiting for you to use them :)

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.


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How to add color & texture without painting your walls.

We’ve been renting for almost seven years now. When we lived in Detroit Zack and I rented an adorable little house. When we lived in Minneapolis we rented an apartment downtown for a year and then a gorgeous home in the Uptown neighborhood for two years. And now that we’re in California we’ve had two really fun, really different apartments in Los Angeles.

Some of the homes we’ve rented have allowed us to paint the walls (which is fun), but I’ve learned I’m a terrible wall painter. I’ve also learned having a large statement piece on the wall with a few smaller, supportive pieces is my favorite decorating trick.

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I’ve made statement pieces from an XL framed photo, a typeography canvas and painted art from our 22-month-old son. In the nursery I hand-painted a large sheet of wood with the lyrics to our favorite song. Smaller pieces are then added in. A few of my favorites include a feather taped to the wall, a wooden rack filled with spools of thread, an empty metal frame, a vintage coaster (seriously, we nailed it down) and embroidered hoops.

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My home decorating goals are to add color, texture and curiosity. And the good news is I hit my goals faster and faster every time we move or redecorate. Do you have any decorating goals for your home?

The statement pieces are my “investment”, meaning it’s usually something I bought, and the smaller pieces are my “crazy fun”, meaning I shopped our home and found interesting/free things to hang.

Here are a few inspirational photos for decorating with a large statement piece:

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via Little Green Notebook

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via Nesting Place

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via A Beautiful Mess

Did you notice the smaller art pieces are full of color, texture and curiosity? Such a fun way to decorate.

One of our sponsors, Signazon, is offering an 18”x24” gallery wrap canvas to one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader, so now you too can add a statement piece to your home! Simply upload your image (or design file) and Signazon will create your gallery wrap canvas.

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Win a mamaRoo by 4moms!

One of the first things I loved about the mamaRoo infant seat was how compact it is. We live in a cozy apartment in Los Angeles with our two young children and dog, so having furniture that’s compact gets a thumbs up from me. Something else I love? The pop of seat color against the white base. I am a huge fan of color, and having baby gear that blends in with the styling of our home makes me happy.

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The time I have each day to teach my children well, to love them, to cuddle them and play with them really is fleeting. I love the quote, “the days are long but the years are short” because it’s a beautiful reminder to embrace all that mamahood is.

I’m embracing these wild, short years by making lists of all we accomplish each week. Even on the most difficult of days I’m amazed at all the play and learning we do together. I’m not afraid to ask for help, and our mamaRoo is my modern day Mary Poppins. It features comforting rhythms that calm Natalie, the contrast/color fabric balls make her smile, and I love that I can change the speed or sound through the 4moms iPhone app. The only thing it’s missing is a spoonful of sugar for mama ;)


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I’ll be honest, it’s easy-to-use baby gear like the mamaRoo that helps me fully engage with Maxwell, prep meals or paint my nails (wink). And I can easily move the mamaRoo to whatever room we’re playing in so we can include Natalie, too! (Or she can rest quietly in the other room if big brother is being too loud.)

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We love our mamaRoo and I’m so excited to offer one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader one, too!

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. The first entry is required (leave a blog post comment) but the remaining are not, although we’d love for you to share this giveaway with your social media communities. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Good luck!

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