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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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I love when a craft project teaches you a new skill, is a bit on the unique side, and connects to a story or experience that makes you smile. Well, these cute little oyster candles accomplished all 3 for me! I have never made candles before and this was an easy first-time project. I stumbled across this project idea in one of my mom's entertaining books and thought it would be the perfect touch for the Diner en Blanc I was hosting to celebrate her 60th birthday. 1) They are white and when planning an outdoor dinner party I'm all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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Sometimes the most simple things are also the most beautiful. This long candle centerpiece is the perfect example of that. In May 2016 I had the opportunity to attend a Diner en Blanc in France, hosted by the style queen, Heather Bullard. Our dinner took place outdoors on a long table in the shadow of 13th Century Chateau. The table was dressed with simple white linens, white dishes, and these simple - but stunning - long candle centerpieces. When it came time to host my own Diner en Blanc in honor of my mom's 60th birthday, I knew that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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It's time to share everything from the Diner en Blanc celebrating my mom's 60th birthday! I've considered a dozen different ways to organize this post (so much to share!) and I think I've settled on splitting it into 3 parts. Part 1 - the reason for the party, the invitation, and the set-up. Part 2 - the party details. Part 3 - the people, the program, and the evening magic. I hope you can feel like you were there with us! Come along with me as I walk you through our evening! As I mentioned in part 1, I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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Earlier this month I experienced the most magical evening . . . . a celebration in honor of my mom. When she passed away last September I was aware that several big milestones were on the horizon. One of which was her 60th birthday. I decided right away that we needed to honor and celebrate that day in a special way. It didn't take very long for me to know that the best, most fitting way to do that was with a Diner en Blanc. If you remember, she and I got to experience a Diner en Blanc on our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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Today is the LAST day of school! Hooray! Oh my . . . this day is always such a relief to the kids (and me) after months of homework, exams, activities, etc. etc. etc. We are all looking forward to slowing down a bit and having the constant nag of schoolwork off our backs. School is intense these days. With two high schoolers and a middle schooler, I understand that they have a lot on their plates and a lot of pressure and deadlines to face everyday. I'm so happy for this day and that they get to breathe a... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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Today I did something brave. Stepped outside of my box and put myself out there. But it almost didn't happen. I have been considering this "thing" for a few weeks (sorry for the vagueness - but please stay with me). I even had a friend or two who gave me a vote of confidence that made me feel a little less crazy in even considering it. But still, I let it sit and mull while other more pressing things took my time. Today was do or die. I put it on my to-do list for the day. But I didn't... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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Happy May Day! When we lived in Oregon I was pretty good about remembering this lesser known holiday and would take the time to anonymously drop off flower goodies on the doorsteps of friends and neighbors. But, ever since we moved to Nevada I have completely dropped the ball! Every single year May 2nd rolls around and I realize - shoot! - I forgot again! Well, not this year. Yesterday I did a quick look at Pinterest for some inspiration and then scavenged my cupboards for something that would make a good "basket". I came across these french fry boxes... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at find joy in the journey
Thanks Katie. It's all still so near. Her favorite flowers -- peonies, hydrangea. She also had a beautiful dahlia garden at her previous home. She liked a lot of flowers!
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2018 on i would tell you at find joy in the journey
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Mom, if I called you today I would tell you . . . . . . Conner just attended his first formal dance this weekend! The prom. He asked the sweetest girl in a very creative way -- you shouldn't be surprised that it involved Star Wars. Haha! So, I always thought that the boys had it easy when it comes to prom. The girls have to spend so much time on dresses, hair, make-up, etc. Well, I was wrong! The getting ready part was easy, oh yes, but the planning . . . the planning! And trying to get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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In January I received a new calling at church - the Stake Young Womens Secretary - and the first BIG activity we were in charge of was youth conference just 2 months later. Eek! There were many, many, many meetings. An exploratory field trip to the conference location an hour away from Las Vegas. A lot of unknowns. And really, just hoping it worked out because we were ALL so new to this. (Here we are on a scouting field trip to the youth conference location one month before the event. Mary, Dana, Melanie, and me) But I have to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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This week I'm soaking up the joys that come from a walk in my neighborhood. The temperature is just about perfect right now. Everything is green and growing. The air feels wonderful. But one of my favorite things has to be all the people that I pass along the way. You see, in Vegas I feel like people tend to keep to themselves in their homes. You don't see a lot of people working outside in their yards (everyone has a yard maintenance guy for that) or washing cars in their driveways. We run our errands, drive the carpool route,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at find joy in the journey
Thank you Patti -- I just love recognizing & documenting how this little things can really mean so much!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2018 on the poppy skirt at find joy in the journey
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I LOVE that idea. Thank you!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2018 on the poppy skirt at find joy in the journey
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It's a pretty amazing skirt for sure!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2018 on the poppy skirt at find joy in the journey
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Thank you Kathleen! You are so sweet!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2018 on the poppy skirt at find joy in the journey
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One trait I think I inherited from my mom is the desire to gather people together. For big things, for little things, or for no reason at all! The process of gathering always opens itself to opportunities for creativity, learning, and connection. Those are the things I thrive on. While in Oregon I started a scrapbooking group (turned crafting group, turned hang out & eat dessert group - ha!) that met quarterly. I was also in a monthly Bunco group. And we had a weekly playgroup. Then we moved to Nevada and life changed a bit, new friends needed to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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As a general rule, mothers and daughters like to shop together. Right? Well, most of the time. I can think of a few instances, as a teenager, when shopping with my mom felt so incredibly long, boring, or painful. And I know that MY daughter feels that way with me from time to time! Although Anna recently admitted that she likes to shop for clothes now so I'm thrilled we've crossed that painful hump. For the most part, shopping is something my mom and I enjoyed doing together. Shopping for home stuff, window shopping, vintage shopping, and of course, clothes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at find joy in the journey
Your welcome! It was a delight to put together!
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2018 on pop-up birthday party at find joy in the journey
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Oh I definitely plan to keep her blog around! Full of so much goodness!
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2018 on pop-up birthday party at find joy in the journey
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Thanks Kristy!
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2018 on daffodils for mom at find joy in the journey
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As you well know, I'm one of those moms whose kids are in school all day. Been in that category for 6+ years now. One thing that moms in that category often like to do is go out to lunch. Mmm, mmm. Grown up girl bonding time over a salad, tacos, or pizza. And we especially like to go out to lunch when one of our fellow mom friends is celebrating a birthday. A few months ago it was birthday time for my friend Katie so I sent out a text message to gather the moms at the lunch spot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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In October we visited the cabin and planted several dozen daffodil bulbs, adding to the large planting my mom had done 2 years previous. Since the new year, I've been planning to make another trip to the cabin during spring break. Oh, how I hoped that by some miracle of chance the daffodils would be blooming during our visit! The weather at the cabin in the week before our visit was cold and snowy. So I lowered my expectations. But there was still a glimmer of hope. Monday afternoon we pulled up to the cabin and what did my eyes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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Today we wore our Easter best, packed for our spring break trip, and then gathered as a family to read scriptures about Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on this Palm Sunday. I'm excited to spend time each day discussing the events of the Savior's last week. This is such an important time and now, more than ever, I have a strong testimony and hope for the resurrection which is made possible and sure because of Him. I loved our discussion tonight. Conner recounted the story. Scott read from the scriptures (Mark 11:1-11). We showed a video, there were questions, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at find joy in the journey
Is this your apartment? The windows are amazing!
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2018 on our announcement at mama
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My bump is also bigger at night / bedtime. Haha! Yours is pretty darn cute!
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2018 on weeks 12 & 13 at mama
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