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Rachel Anne
Making life better, one Small Thing at a time.
Interests: writing, painting, avoiding housework
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*Tongue-in-Cheek Alert* I love Pinterest. I love pinning all the quotes, and art, and crafts, and recipes, and decor....all things I may never, ever DO anything with! But no matter, I just find it relaxing to crawl into bed with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Home Sanctuary
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Hey, want to hear me "in person," without ever having to get out of your bathrobe and slippers today? You can tune in to the Mud Stories Podcast RIGHT NOW, and hear my interview with Jacque Watkins. Jacque and I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Home Sanctuary
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Several people have contacted me recently, to ask about my tutorial for painting a kitchen countertop. I've updated an older post here to include the steps we used to create a faux granite look that has held up well for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Home Sanctuary
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Happy Friday, y'all! Little story for you: Once, when I was wandering aimlessly through Blockbuster (a brick and mortar store which rented movies, for those of you who are unfamiliar), my purse began to fart. That's right. It farted. Phhhhhht.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Home Sanctuary
I totally agree! Doing something creative must fire up good things in the brain...I'm amazed at how much better I feel when I allow myself time to make/write/do something. Unfortunately I often put it off as selfish or frivolous. I'm trying to get better about seeing it as mental health improvement!!
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My accidental career as an artist started with a tole painting class at a local craft store, almost twenty years ago. I was desperate to find something (besides taking care of children and doing laundry) to fill a creative void,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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HomeSanctuary.com Say, have you given up on your New Year's housekeeping goals yet? I think I heard a weak "yes" from the back of the room. I won't ask for a show of hands. I spent some time compiling my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Y'all, I'm finally taking my Christmas tree and all the decorations down today. Aren't you proud of me?? I think this is the latest I've ever left them up, but really, until about a week ago, I was still enjoying... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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"Boy, we sure eat a whole lot better when Grayson is home," my husband winked at me as he dished up a serving of tender pot roast, mashed potatoes, carrots and gravy. He balanced a piece of french bread on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
I do wear chambray with denim...but I just make sure the fabrics and colors are different. Dark chambray with lighter jeans, or chambray with black jeans etc. Adding a tank underneath also helps break up all the denim as well. Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
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In recent years, I've found myself searching Pinterest and Google for fashion help (because it's usually some crisis: I need an outfit TOMORROW), and become discouraged by the fact that I just can't wear most of what I see. I've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
I want to thank you all for your comments and emails. I read each and every one, and take them to heart. It is so great to know that we are in this together, even if we have to be quiet! This IS a season, and there IS hope at the end. For each woman who has shared her heartbreak, I am saying a prayer for you. I'm praying for the older kids who have walked away, and for the relationships to mend. I do not believe that final chapters have been written...and we can continue to pray, to love, to see the best in these gifts we have been given. Thank you all for sharing, sharing, sharing this post. I'm simply speechless at the response...and my heart is grateful for you.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2015 on Dear Lonely Mom of Older Kids at Home Sanctuary
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I still remember the day it happened. It was the day I'd dreaded since the day my son was born. It didn't occur at high school graduation, or when he went off to college, but it arrived much earlier than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Its definitely a challenge to embrace new seasons and new responsibilities. Wrapping my own head around it all right with you! Rachel Anne Ridge artist, writer, stray donkey owner Home Sanctuary - blog FlashTheDonkey - book
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2015 on Housekeeping? Do The Minimum. at Home Sanctuary
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I do have an Official Housekeeping Plan, but hey, let's be honest: sometimes I really don't want to use it. Sometimes I like to coast. But coasting can be costly: suddenly this place is in shambles and we're eating Chef... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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This is your year to stop being afraid. Join me. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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In September, we brought a companion home for my donkey, Flash. For awhile there, I was convinced we'd made a huge mistake. Flash has been with us for several years - all by himself, happy as can be. Content with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Hey, it's a new year! It's time to get more organized, right? One of the things that surprised me about becoming an "Empty Nester" is that my house is not any cleaner than it used to be, even though I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Last February, I sent a blog post out into the world that struck a chord with tens of thousands of moms. I'd just been on Facebook and Instagram, and seeing all the beautiful little faces of my friends' small children,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Get Organized This Year How to Plan Your Life How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Doing Your Best Year Ever 2015: The Year of Simplicity I've been working on this post in my head for days and days. I even... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
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Hey there everyone! Happy New Year! I'm sending my wishes out to you for a year that is filled with blessings and love. I hope you are all spending the day snacking on chips and dip, watching football and hanging... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Home Sanctuary
Oh, my goodness! Your Christmas story is unbelievable....Im so sorry about your uncle and aunt. Im glad youve had each other and experienced Gods peace in the midst of this tough holiday. Hope your daughter is feeling better...not a good time of year to be sick. Have a BETTER and Happy New Year! RachelAnneRidge.com FlashTheDonkey.com (972) 679-5393
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You are so right! We had a wonderful time together....all those things just make for good stories! Blessings, Gail!
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Thank you, Lea! Hope you have a wonderful time with your sweet family. Blessings!
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It's sheer chaos and wonder, I tell ya. Baby's bites are better....I feel a sore throat coming on. :( I cannot, will not get sick.... Happy New Year to You!!
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