The 6 Things Piano Lessons Teach My Kid (besides songs) Focus – We have to pay attention during class and practice. Its not just being quiet, its quietly participating. Increased pattern recognition Fine Motor Skills – reaching different key combinations / chords and playing different notes at different times. Self Esteem – pride in a…

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I have been thinking of updating my master bedroom for a while now, but I just can’t decide what I want.  Designer problems, right?  I can put a room for someone else together, no problem.  The issue is that I can make almost anything work.  It then becomes a battle of deciding what you not only…

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HOME TOURS + INSPIRATION

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4 Decor Trends That Need To Die #bendtherules

4 Design Trends That Need To Die I feel horrible saying these trends need to die, because they can be done well.  I don’t want to hurt any feelings as I know a lot of people have these trends in their homes.  I don’t want to be mean, I just want to make a stance. I…

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What Would Be Your Dream Studio?

I was so lucky to get the chance to attend Alt summit again this January.  I say  lucky because it feels like a bloggers dream come true to be surrounded with the talent and creativity that exists at ALT.   This year I was given the opportunity to help with the Microsoft and Wayfair space…

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Finishing Touches and Cordless Faux Wood Blinds

I mentioned last week about my dilemma with window treatments, and how excited I was to replace the blue metal blinds in my sons room.  The room was 90% finished for a really long time, but in the last 2 months I have been slowly finishing the little things remaining on my list.  I think I…

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My Designs

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Pillows Poufs and Throws

The best items to add to a room are pillows, throws, or poufs.  These key items add the finishing touches to a space, the personality, and the cozy ...

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Bedroom After 2

Boys Budget Bedroom

Its hard to run a design blog without renovating your house completely.As much as my house could use some major updates and renovations, my wallet ...

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My Bookshelf

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Book Review: CANE AND ABE by James Grippando

 In this spellbinding new novel of suspense from New York Timesbestselling author James Grippando, Miami’s top prosecutor becomes a prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which may have a chilling connection to the woman he can’t forget. Unbelievable was the word for her. Samantha Vine was unbelievably beautiful. It was unbelievable that she’d married me….

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Eruption by Adrienne Quintana- Book Review

Title: Eruption Author: Adrienne Quintana Adult SciFi, Suspense Paperback, 288 Pages January 13th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media  About Eruption: Information terrorism. Complete network blackout. Global panic. Above the chaos, one company rises to restore order, achieving complete political and military takeover:  Omnibus. Stanford graduate and new Omnibus employee Jace Vega faces these sobering images,…

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Spencer Ogden Calgary Office 1

The rapidly growing recruitment firm Spencer-Ogden just opened its new office doors in Calgary last week.  What makes it stand out to me is not its ...

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Gopher Museum

Fun and Frugal Kids Activities My friend Karrie has 5 kids, including a teenager, a toddler, and several in between.  In an effort to find different ...

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Calgary Zoo

The Calgary Zoo As awkward as it is to see yourself on video, I love watching this.  Watch for 1:55 where my child is acting like a lion. We ...

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