Reaching a new milestone
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Reaching a new milestone

As parents, we get excited maybe even a bit melancholy when our children are reaching a new milestone. And here’s the thing, 10 years ago we didn’t know that we would actually make it to this point. 10 years ago, he was terminally ill with chronic liver disease and had a 2-5 year lifespan. And it’s because of the gift of organ donation, he quite literally received an extension in life. To say I am grateful is perhaps the understatement of the century. So many times when working with people, we want to know those defining life moments where everything changed – and for me, one of THE BIGGEST was the honor of becoming his mom. I feel so incredibly blessed that he has chosen…

Coloring Creatives Membership

I am so excited about the Coloring Creatives Membership because I know how beneficial coloring can be for your own well-being – the less stress you feel the better you feel. The more clear your head the better decisions you can make. The coloring pages are be themed based on holiday or season, have mandalas, patterns coloring pages, calendar pages, quote pates, puzzles such as crossword, sudoku, or word search! And you can connect with other people in our community for fun and for support during our monthly coloring hangouts – and yes we can talk about more than just coloring!  Research has shown that coloring can reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. And I believe that when we are able to find what…

A camping trip and renewed creativity

A camping trip and renewed creativity

I’m a huge fan of taking a break and stepping away from every day doing and that includes creating art. And I must admit even though I’ve been creating, I’ve been in a lull of inspiration. I am pleased to have gone on this camoing trip and found a renewed creativity. We went camping with new and old friends not far from here at the Explore Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway, close to Roanoke. I vegged out while my partner did the ropes and obstacle course – and the evenings were spent sitting around the fire. There was a small historical area and I remembered all the pictures I used to take that were meant to become wood-burnings. I set off with my partner…

Gifts from Heaven

Gifts from Heaven

It’s amazing to me how we can leave a little of ourselves with other people. A friend of mine recently lost her mom. And her mom was a special kind of lady. She was incredibly talented Artist and I even had the honor to feature her artwork in my brick and mortar store. I closed the store in 2012 because well being stuck in one place for 8 hours wasn’t my ideal way of featuring and support Artists. Something I have recently solved by launching The Rebels Den. But here is what lead me to write this post. I don’t hide my past aka the story of my life on how I grew up in foster care and all the challenges that came with it….