Spring Porch Inspiration

I’ve seriously got Spring Fever. I can’t wait to walk out of the house without a coat and open the windows to see a (warm) cloudy & misty day. Spring is when all things become new again. My home has a beautiful large rectangular porch:   We didn’t do much last summer to the home,…

Organizing My Scrapbook Studio/Home Office

Current State of Expedit Shelf in Office:  My 12 x 12 paper trays are from Display Dynamics. You can read more about them here. A lot of my scrapbook supplies live in portable bags because I do the majority of my scrapbooking at crops (read more about that here:  https://donnienicole.com/2013/03/06/how-to-pack-for-a-scrapbooking-crop/). After May, I will be…

Spotify Is Better Than Pandora… and iTunes!

Change is hard, and if you’re using Pandora, it may be hard to convince you that there is something better. I’m still steaming due to the latest iTunes interface lift. It’s difficult to navigate! Pandora has over 900,000 songs from over 90,000 artists. Spotify has more than 15 million. Pandora is simply a radio station,…

How I Approach A Blank Scrapbook Page

I’m currently enrolled in an online scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes called Organizing FUNdamentals. I’m hoping to make a more efficient and inspiring scrapbook studio/home office:  Caption: This is a photo of my Expedit Shelf that needs some TLC on the bottom two shelves! In order to make a layout, I usually start with the…

The Dating Checklist vs. The Wish List

When single, we all know exactly what we want. From the skin color, to the height, to the type of package and paperwork that he comes with… we could make a Criminal Profiler blush! But at what point does “the list” become a barrier between you and the type of love that you’ve always wanted?…

Happy Friday!

I’m currently… Decorating my house – indoors for now to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Here is my Spring mantel:   Crushing on this new OPI color Mermaid’s Tears:   Pondering my family history and documenting stories about my grandmother, great-grandmother and great grandfather who I know nothing about. Here is a page I made about my…

Printing A Picture of a Picture…

Technology is freaking amazing! While in Kansas City with my mom and family this past Thanksgiving, I did something I always do. I  pulled out the photo albums. My mom had a box of photos prepared that she was sending me back to Chicago with. Then there were a ton of photos that she was…

MOB: Mothering Our Babies #2

Teach them how to fight their own battles. A lot of times its easier for us parents and faster for us to save and rescue our kids but as they get older we must teach them how to both choose their battles and fight them. Imagine your toddler hits another child. The other child runs…

Replacing Google Reader

When I logged in to my Google Account this morning, and clicked my “Google Reader” Tab, there was little announcement that Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st. Shocked, I checked the Official Google Reader Blog and found this: I’m not going to gripe over it although you can read about how useful…

MOB: Mothering Our Babies #1

My husband and I are in family planning mode. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how children turn out to be the adults that they become. I’ve been lucky to have some students that have left lasting impressions on my heart and on my mind. Students that even as teenagers exude unique characteristics, where…

Handling Business Yandy Smith Style…

I watch Love & Hip Hop . I’ve watched the show since Season 1. For me reality TV shows are like modern day soap operas, the only difference is the characters are personas that actually exists rather than fictional characters. This past week I was thoroughly impressed how Yandy Smith handled a probable conflict with Rashidah…