Summer Challenge: Update #1

first update photo

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  Ours was a little rainy, which really put a damper (literally) on the Moroccan dinner party we had scheduled for Friday night. We ended up doing it last night and have photos to come this Wednesday! I can’t wait to show you all how it turned out.

Today, I’m giving you all a little update on how my Uke playing has been progressing for our Summer Learning Challenge, for which I challenged you guys to learn something new this summer and keep me and the Earnest Home community up to date on your progress!  I will mention, that I posted this today, TOTALLY blanking on the fact that our scheduled update is actually next week (July 6th)… not this week…I totally jumped the ukulele here.

While I’ll still hold you all to the official schedule (below), I’ll still share how my progression has been going (and I’ll share again next week to get myself back on schedule).

I have always loved ukulele songs and have a soft spot in my heart for Hawaii, so I thought it would be a nice summer project. I’ll preface this first video by saying a few things… 1) This was filmed at 7am this morning when I just woke up, pardon my appearance. [Read more…]


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Work with your hands


This weekend was so full and so empty all at once. It actually felt like living… and not like hustling. Usually when I work on the weekends, I’m behind a camera or my computer putting together the posts for the week or designing new items for my brand. I’m rushing off to this coffee meeting or another happy hour or trying to quickly fit in a round of golf before I have to change and head out to a wedding shower or baby shower, or birthday party.  This weekend however, we worked with our hands, and we worked slowly.  We spend the whole weekend working, and it felt good.  It felt so satisfying to spend hours doing something so mindless, but still very productive.  At the end of the day, we would just clean ourselves up, sit out on the patio, and play with the dog.

And the contrasts between the work were something I was reflecting on last night. While half of the weekend was spent tearing something apart, the other half was spent cultivating something new. [Read more…]

A Great Need for Nothing

flea market

Last Friday I spent the day digging though treasure and junk.  I was at one of the countries largest flea markets in Springfield, Ohio and being my first time at this renowned event, I was so excited to seek for something really wonderful to add to my old farmhouse.  I walked through rows and rows of antiques, salvaged goods, handmade furniture, and relics, yet walked away with none of it.  Why?  [Read more…]

Mondays are for Motivation

tony robbins quote

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope your weekend was wonderful.  We got a lot done around the house, but I’m eager to get this week started!  I spent some time reflecting on the work that needs done this week and planning my method of attack.  I’ve resolved this week to let nothing stand in my way and to succumb to no excuses.

I think this quote from Tony Robbins is spot on.  So often we get wrapped up in blaming our resources… not enough money, not enough time, the market conditions, etc, and we fail to realize that everyone else out there at some time or another faces the same resources.  What separates the people who succeed from those who don’t, is resourcefulness.  Doing the absolute best possible in spite of your resources.

So here’s to a week of making things happen!  Get after it!

The Simplest Answer + Desktop Download

the simplest answer is to act

Good Monday Morning to you!  I hope your weekend was just what you needed to fuel up for another week!  I spent some good time with friends and family at a baby shower, cleaned up some parts of my house that I haven’t touched since Christmas (ouch!), and had a really fun dinner with a few of our favorite people.

As I get amped up for this week, I have a lot of things on my to-do list that are a little more, shall we say, abstract? One of my biggest goals for the next month is to grow my business, which is so broad, but luckily, I watched a few business videos and listened to a few podcasts this weekend that gave me just the direction I needed.  That being said, my goal for this week is to reach out to 1 new shop each day about carrying my product line.  It seems so simple – one shop a day? But the research and investigation that goes into vetting out the potential shops takes a good amount of time while actually finding the right person to contact isn’t always straight forward.

On Saturday, my husband, Matt, and I were eating some won-ton soup trying to fend off the sub-zero temps and my fortune cookie said this, “The simplest answer is to act”.  Knowing about my goals for the week, I couldn’t have had a more fitting fortune.  I did a little watercolor of the phrase and thought you all might also like the reminder for whatever is on your plate this week.  So, you can download them below!  There is one version for the desktop download and another version for the iPhone wallpaper.


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I hope you enjoy this, and I hope you achieve whatever is high on your list today!