• showing hospitality to clients + prospects

    each christmas morning, after the presents are shared and loved, my little family loads up in our mid-sized suv and travels to our aunt and uncle’s home a few hours away. it’s the best weekend of the year. it’s warm and welcoming. full of good food and better company. my aunt’s entertaining is the stuff of dreams. there’s a cookie plate, brimming

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  • Young Living Essential Oils Make & Take Party (fda compliant)

    Hello Friends! I hosted the best little make and take party for Young Living Essential oils recently, and thought you might like to benefit from all the planning that went into it! All of this info is calculated for 12 people, so do something fun with your facebook invite and say ONLY 12 SPOTS! I’m including an amazon link to

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  • Overwhelming prospective customers

    Have you ever listened to an expert and felt completely overwhelmed with a one-two punch of “I AM LOST” and “How do I even know if this guy is speaking the truth?” When you’re an expert at something it’s easy to overwhelm others. It’s important to remember your audience! Are you speaking to a colleague or a client? I’m SO guilty

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  • #1 website game-changer…professional photography!

    Hey there friends! Friday night I had the BEST time organizing a client photo shoot. Now this is the truth, your photos will make or break your website conversion rate. Why? A lot of websites have the same basic layout, header/logo, navigation, large photo, content, and maybe a sidebar. So what sets you apart? It’s absolutely not that your colors

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  • 7 tips for surviving summer as a work from home mom

    Summer is the greatest. Pool, kids, vacation, hot weather, relaxed bed times and schedules, ice cream… But if I’m not careful, it can also become a big ball of work stress.  This is my 4th summer of being a work-from-home mom. I think I’m getting better! Here are a few things that help keep my sanity in check. 1. Continue to

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  • My summer go-to Chicken Salad recipe to take and share

    Hey there friends! So I find myself in this awesome season of life with 2 young children. I really do love it, but some ALL things are more difficult than they used to be. One thing I’ve found that I know I can do. Share a meal. I mean, we are going to eat anyway, I can totally make double the

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  • Marsala Office Mood Board

    I’m fascinated by Pantone’s Color of the Year.  No matter the hue, it always seems to be just the color my design soul was waiting to see.  So when Chairish contacted me about designing a room, I jumped at the chance to try this year’s Marsala out in the virtual space. I’m loving the vintage furniture and accessories I found and mixed

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  • Should I even be a blogger?

    Some people really need to write. It’s their heartbeat. Creative process. Salvation of sorts. I’m not one of those people. At least I don’t think I am. I totally get all the reasons I, as a business owner, should have a blog. Not only do I understand them, I PREACH them to every other business owner out there, touting their

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  • Affordable and good online printers

    So you’ve already handed out a wad of cash for custom logos and print designs…which you can sorta look past, since it’s a one-time investment. But now you not only need to order on the cheap, but be able to re-order easily, and have your designs look like masterpieces!  As designers, we’ve worked with just about every type of print

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  • Leveraging your profession for what matters

    My husband and I always desired to grow our family through adoption, but browsing websites and crunching numbers left me overwhelmed and a little discouraged. Although I fully believe that God equips us for the things He calls us to, hard facts and dollar signs sometimes make the journey seem impossible to my finite mind.  God is bigger, proved faithful,

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  • Why is small business better?

    I love that the Internet makes the world smaller and connects me to new friends all over the world.  I can have calls with clients in Canada and The Netherlands in the same week.  But it can also make for OVERWHELMING competition, or at least it feels that way…doesn’t it? And as I look at big branding and design agencies

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  • Work it out in a modern, colorful office!

    To all the haters of boring office supplies. To all the lovers of modern, fun, happy COLOR! No one will think you have their stapler anymore! Check out this fun Pinterest board we are curating and get your office poppin’ with style! Follow Great Oak Circle’s board Now that’s a good office on Pinterest. What’s a must-have for your office space?

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  • The Anatomy of a WordPress Site

    Navigating a WordPress website design process can be mentally traumatizing, a total time suck, and completely confusing all rolled into one.  Whether you’re dreaming of a fresh start or a first launch, knowing the important working parts {and where they go} can turn confused into empowered! Let’s take a look. Different styles for different brands: Why are you online? Do

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  • What is branding?

    Hi friends! Popping in for a quick post today. It’s difficult to run a business isn’t it?! And to be responsible for social media, finances, emails, actually working, and…oh…blogging. I think if a blog post was as long as a tweet, I would be better at it! Do you feel the same??? So let’s talk about one quick tip and

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  • DIY: Leather wrap bracelet

    I love an afternoon of relaxing and enjoying friends.  It’s good for the soul to chat about great loves and difficult struggles, while soaking up the warm sun. It’s even better when it includes crafting and yummy organic popsicles from the local stand!  Kelli and I had such an afternoon yesterday. We made these colorful leather wrap bracelets, and I’m totally

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