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Life is a mixed bag. Sometimes we're getting raises + having babies, while other times we're getting laid off + holding negative pregnancy tests. Naturally, we tend to skim over our failures + imperfections. We want only our successes + highlights to see the light of day.

But as I've gotten older, I've come to realize that all of life is beautiful + purposeful whether it's a "high," "low," or somewhere in between. The sleepless nights, tight budgets + seasons of change result in lessons learned, personal growth + unforgettable memories. When we embrace the icky parts along with the really good parts, life becomes even more meaningful. So here's to rocking our third day hair, laundry piles + less than perfect photos.

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And in the end, I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did. The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day. I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of

my extraordinary, ordinary life.


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hey friend!

I’m Cheryl. Come on in! Pull up a chair + I'll pour you some fresh coffee. It's so good to have friends to share a cuppa with, don't you agree? Here's some Peppermint Mocha Creamer, it's my favorite.

A little about me? Well, my thirties are quickly approaching, by far my favorite titles are wife + mama, I live in the Mid-West, I'm proud to say that I can quote about 98% of Friends, I'm always thinking of how I can get creative or, of course, my neverending to-do list, and...well, I have the hardest time saying no to a new coffee mug. Which explains the collection on the shelf over there. But hey, I'm an open book on all things life, wife + mama...

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THREE Simple Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall Naturally

Fall. There is no other season that I love to smell more than fall. The spices. The foods. The crisp air & falling leaves. It truly feels magical. Whether that’s made up in my mind or not, I really don’t care. I LOVE this time of year.  One of the hardest things for me to “Ditch & Switch” in my pursuit of a healthier home was candles. I love the ambiance of a burning candle and even more so, the Bath & Body Works fall line. But here’s the thing, those candles are chock full ... READ the POST

Our West Division Dining Room Tour

NOTE: For your convenience, I’ve linked all paint colors/furniture/décor at the end of this post. The very first room that we completed here on West Division was the dining room. I can’t describe to you the good it did for my mental state to see this room clean + complete (with the exception of the trim—which ended up being completed in the 9thmonth of pregnancy three years later).  Before we dive into the after pics, a quick refresh on the dining room when we arrived. dining room, ... READ the POST

Meet our Home on West Division

Around this time, four years ago we signed on the dotted line (well, about 354958694 lines…but who’s counting) and moved into our first home. We had been living in a small, 540sq ft apartment just 30 minutes south and were due to renew for another year. With the impending commitment and rising monthly cost, we started house hunting per a friend’s advice. We ended up stumbling upon this perfect, little starter home and realized that in our situation, it was better to own than rent. After ... READ the POST


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