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What to do When You Hit a Creative Slump | How to Get Inspired Again

Being a creative can be both a blessing and a curse. At times it’s a blessing because as a dreamer and a doer, you find inspiration in all the little things around you and a deep satisfaction in accomplishing your goals. It’s a curse because creative people are emotional (or so I’ve been told :P) and because creative people are emotional, they feel things deeper and stronger. Being uninspired can affect your job, your mood,  ...

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5 Tips to Plan a Great Day Trip | Summer Planning

Even though it’s not officially summer yet (June 20), it sure feels like it! For me, a great way to get the most out of the summer is to do things and explore new places. Lately I’ve been going on a lot of day trips to places around Iowa + Wisconsin and it’s been a blast! Day trips are such a great way to have a mini adventure without blocking off a lot of time, spending a lot of money, or having to spend months planning.  ...

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Trip to Chicago

A couple months ago my cousin, Maddie, texted me and asked if I wanted to go on a surprise trip with her in March. Yes please! The trip ended up being a trip to Chicago and it was so much fun! Maddie was just the sweetest and planned this whole trip and found so many great things to do! TUESDAY This trip was a couple weeks ago and we went to Chicago on a Tuesday. We did your typical road trip things and jammed out to music and gabbed the  ...

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Beauty Product Reviews | SkinStore

Hey everyone! Today I’m reviewing a lot of skin care products and I’m excited to share my results with you. I’m a sucker for skincare products and I love finding things that make me feel confident and things that help improve my skin. These are new Japanese skin care items from SkinStore and not all have been launched yet! I received these products near the beginning of the month and I’ve spent this time testing them  ...

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Live TV Appearance with Fox News

It’s hard to believe that I’m writing a recap on my live TV appearance! If you told me 10 years ago I would do this, I probably would have said “that’d never happen!”…though it does seem like something I would try to do 😉 Good Day Marketplace on Fox News (Springfield, IL chapter) had me on their show to talk about fashion! We did two segments. One was on LBD styling and one was on Wardrobe Essentials. This  ...

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2016 Blog Year in Review

It’s 2017!! Just like everybody, I’m going to say that I can’t believe it’s a new year and time is going by so quickly. I for one like a new year, because I like fresh starts and the renewed encouragement to make things happen! I started this blog (originally Spoonful of Sparkles) in 2015 to document my outfits, write, and update my family on house projects fixing up our first home! Because of full time jobs it was  ...

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Wednesday Inspiration with Heinau Blooms

We’ve made it halfway through the week! With all the busyness of the holidays, time seems to be go by pretty quickly and it’s hard to fit everything in. Sometimes it’s good to just take a break and be inspired to keep you going through this busy (yet great) time. Lately I’ve been keeping myself inspired by these blooms from Blooms by Heinau. Heinau is an online flower shop that sells professionally arranged flower  ...

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Trip to Rome

Last city recap on my trip to Europe! Did you check out Paris and Barcelona? We went to Rome from Barcelona for a day trip. Rome wasn’t part of our Groupon Getaway deal, but Italy was a place I’ve really wanted to go and when you’re already in Europe and the plane ticket is only $50, how can you say no? I’m so glad we ended up going to Rome because it might have been my favorite city we visited. Because we  ...

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Trip to Barcelona

One city at a time I’m going through my recent trip to Europe. If you missed Paris, make sure you check it out and read on for my trip to Barcelona!   After a more adventurous trip to Paris, we took it easier in Barcelona and so in this blog post I’m going to do more of a recap of my highlights than a day-by-day version . Barcelona was a really fun place to visit. Even though it wasn’t beach weather, it was warmer than  ...

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Trip to Paris

Recently I returned from my whirlwind trip to Paris, Barcelona, and Rome. I’ve been wanting to visit these places ever since I can remember and even though the trip was tiring, I’m so glad I did. Even though it was a lot in a little amount of time, I’m glad that I did as much as I did! I may never make it back to Europe and I didn’t need a lot of time to feel like I “explored”, so being able to see a lot  ...