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woman: a masterpiece

woman: a masterpiece

Friend. Sweet friend.

I don’t know if you read an article circulating around Facebook about women lately, but it was infuriating. It stated that men only want to date and eventually marry debt free, virginal women with no tattoos.

Infuriating didn’t actually really cut it for me. I actually called my mom because I was so mad. I just didn’t even know where to start, so calling my mom seemed like the best idea. I formulated my response in my head and was planning an epic “slap-back”… this is what I came up with instead.

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Giveaways!

a fun little surprise for you

a fun little surprise

Picture by the amazing Cassie Rosch

Hey you. Yes, you. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for sticking with me; for reading these posts these past couple of weeks. It’s been tough getting back into the swing of things when it comes to blogging and sharing my heart but I have also felt a part of me has returned. I have missed writing. I have missed the part of decompressing after a long day. Whether it’s sharing tough personal aspects, my favorites, or a fun new discovery.

So thank you again. And for a fun thank you, I have a surprise. If you are just joining me here on Flourish and Hope and don’t know much about me, I own a cute little boutique in Northern Colorado called Blush. It is my dream that I am living and I’m so excited to share more about it on F&H.

So again, as a thank you, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Blush, and no, you don’t have to be local to use it! Even though we don’t have a shop online you can order over the phone after you watch one of our live videos.

Good Luck.

Love you, Em

 

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my favorite summer reads

my favorite summer reads

All right friends. How many of these blog posts have you read about people’s favorite summer reads? I bet you are tired of reading them and probably don’t want to read another book but… these books are quick reads and are great for personal and business.

  1. Girl, Wash Your Face: I know, I know. You have probably read this already or have heard about it, BUT, Rachel Hollis nails this book. It has changed the way I feel about myself, my dreams, and my goals. Even if you don’t own a business, this book helps us stop believing the lies we have all taken stock in about ourselves. Read it. Now.
  2. At the Water’s Edge: This is by the same author who wrote Water for Elephants, and I feel it is just as enchanting. It takes place in Scotland and is centered around the search for the Loch Ness Monster… sounds magical huh? It is!
  3. The Lying Game: Friendship, secrets, a body discovered and a twist you don’t see coming. If you love a good mystery, Ruth Ware is your girl. And if you haven’t read The Girl in Cabin 10… oh man, read that next.
  4. The Compound Effect: This book is great for personal development and for business. It’s also a very quick read. It’s message teaches the reader that little changes we implement have big effects when they compound! Check it out.

Alright guys, there’s my favs from this summer so far. I’d love to know yours!

Love you, Em

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best baby buys

best baby buys

Hey there mamas, soon to be mamas, and mamas maybe on their second and third round… I have a post just for you! Now I completely understand being a first time mama, I don’t really have a leg to stand on BUT I was given and bought some of the most amazing items for our baby turned now into a toddler and they have made our lives so much easier. I have to share them with you so that maybe your life may be a bit less chaotic… you know, just a bit. If you have a favorite too, let me know what it is, I’m always looking for new things to make our lives easier.

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Design and Inspired, Make it Girl-DIY!

simple scrapbooking

simple scrapbooking

Hey busy mamas or those of you who love your animals, travels, hobbies, life, and you want to document it but don’t know how, or where to start, or the idea of scrapbooking just makes your stomach turn. I have found one of the best ways to scrapbook and it’s so simple! For reals, simple. And in case you need proof, I scrapbooked our Mancub’s first year while starting and running a business, learning how to be a mom, being a photographer, and catching up on all seasons of How I Met Your Mother.

Needless to say, it was a busy year, and I scrapbooked the heck out of the 1st year of our sweet baby boy’s life.

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