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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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I.Turn.30.Today.
Happy Labor Day Mom! You did all the work thirty years ago, so it’s sorta weird that I get all the presents, but hey, I’ll take it.
I’m not really one to make a big deal out of birthdays…21 was no big, crazy ordeal, although come to think of it I was pretty darn excited to turn 16 because it was my official age to start dating (and yes, I had my first “official” date on my sweet 16th)  So, as 30 approached I didn’t plan on it being a big deal, but honestly I found my self doing a good bit of thinking.  Looking back on what I’ve done so far and thinking about what I want my focus to be going forward.
I got to thinking… I did a WHOLE LOT in my twenties… I married my best friend. I was married for every day of that decade.  I graduated college.  Bought three houses, sold two.  Was pregnant eight times-yes eight. I gave birth 5 times.     I grew as a person. I grew as a mom.  I brought four amazing babies home.  I let my twin boys go to heaven.  I taught high school.  I owned a home staging business. I became a cyber teacher.  I started a blog.  I thought primitive decor was cool.  I changed my mind on that one.  I found my design style.
Here’s my thoughts in a mini, little nutshell…  even though I did a whole lot in my 20s, I don’t know that I’ve been all that intentional.  I kind of go with the flow, and try and do things well.
I want to be intentional.  I want to do things for a reason, not just because.
See these kids? They’re insanely amazing.
They’re the best thing I’ve done in my 30 years.  I want to make sure that every day they feel that way.
I get pretty passionate about stuff I’m doing, house projects, blog posts, Nate Show, even my work… I guess going into 30, I want to be sure that my kids feel like I’m even more passionate about them, their spelling lists, their coloring, even their ENDLESS knock, knock jokes (please make it stop!!)
So that’s all.  Here’s to 30 (it’s the new 20 duh!) and here’s to being intentional for the next 30 years!

And this picture made me laugh oh so hard!

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And today, you have to go check out Red Letter Word’s prints that are just perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The comments +

  1. Lauren says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope this next decade is an awesome one for you, full of intentional living for the Lord!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday dear friend! Great post……I think maybe you are getting soft in your old age! HA- loved it!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Aww, that was a great post. I couldn’t agree more and that ecard, hilarity!

    • Tiffany says:

      And your children are BEAUTIFUL, great photos, can you email the photographer. I’m in the area, I actually ran into your Jess at JoAnns a few Fridays ago.

  4. Samantha says:

    Happy Birthday! I am sure that your 30s will be just as generous as your 20s were! And those munchkins…. They are gorgeous!

  5. Cathy says:

    What a beautiful blog post. Happy Birthday!

  6. Holy Craft says:

    Happy birthday to you! Being well into my 30’s (well 33!) I feel like I can officially say that it’s a great decade to be in. You finally feel like you have found out who you are as a person, wife and mother. I think you are going to love it! Welcome to your 30’s!

    Oh, and I love that picture. Totally made me laugh too!

    Rachel
    http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

  7. Happy Birthday Monica! Your kids are precious. What amazing decade you had. Cheers to an even better new decade!

  8. Jesse B says:

    Happy happy Birthday, Monica!!! Wow…if you accomplished all that in your 20’s, I can only imagine what you are going to do in your 30’s! Enjoy your day and I hope it brings you much love and happiness!!!

  9. Happy Birthday Monica!! what a beautiful family you have!!

  10. Happy Happy Birthday! Wow I was tired just reading about that decade! You made a great point though sometimes we are so busy keeping up with everything we forget how important those “spelling lists” are! Have a great day!!!!

  11. KatieD says:

    What a wonderful post, Monica! My heart ached for you loss but swelled with joy at all of the amazing things you’ve accomplished in 30 short years. Congratulations and wishes for another 30 +++ miraculous years! xx

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