Category Archives: Personal Notes

Holiday Playlist on the hippest stereo in town

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tivoli Audio for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

My dad was in band when I was younger. He is a very talented bass guitarist and also knows how to play the drums quite well. My little brother is the only other person who is musically inclined. He also was in a band throughout much of his time in college. We had a room in our unfinished basement that housed a full drum set—and many afternoons I came home from school to drums and jam sessions in our basement. My little brother was basically self taught with some help from my dad–he performed at my cousins wedding when he was just 4 years old. He also performed at my wedding as a 5th grader….along with my dad. When you have family members who are musical…you get pretty used to having music on in your house….so when my friends at Tivoli Model One asked me to try out one of their uber sylish bluetooth stereos—I knew right where I would put it….the kitchen! This is thee coolest radio I have seen….check it out…What a perfect gift for the whole family:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

4 minute Holiday Curls: Video Tutorial

Hey hey hey….Gratitude week is here! I am busy prepping for all the goodies we will be serving up:) I am planning on taking the rest of the week off….but I may pop in again….depending on how the week goes. If I don’t talk to you again….have a blessed and cozy Thanksgiving:) I sure am thankful that you stop by here to see me every week. I thought I would share an easy holiday hair do with you today….get festive yall:)

Do you remember when you were younger and you had hours to just play with your hair in front of the mirror? It was kind of fun to think up of a different hairstyle and wear it like that for a few days. With the holidays approaching I thought that you might want a new hair style for some of your holiday parties & gatherings. If you are in a rut and have been wearing your hair the same way forever this might be a fun little challenge for you to try out for the holidays. I preface this….please be kind….A beauty blogger I am NOT!! soft curls @cleverlyinspired

A few of you were asking how I did my hair for our family pictures so I made a quick 4 minutes hair tutorial video so that I could show you how I do it.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Family Photographs with Teens

We recently had our family pictures taken by a friend of mine (locals Amy at BluegrassBebe…look her up on facebook;) We were hoping for a bit sunnier of an evening…and my poor hubs was fighting a fever…be he rallied and we are sooooooo pleased with how they came out. Our kids are at the fun in between teen/adult stage….still in braces…and I wanted to kind of capture this little window of time. Before we know it they will be getting there senior pictures taken…hard to imagine. Pinterest seem to be filled with ideas for family pictures…and often times they are very young families. I wanted to give you some “pose” ideas for families that have older kids. We had a lot of fun in this session….really trying to highlight our personalities….Here are just a few of our favs…family photographs with teens @cleverlyinspired (8)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Things to do with Teens in DC

We got back home yesterday afternoon from a fun filled trip to DC. Hubs and I had been there on separate occasions….he in college and I as a 10 year old….so much has changed and we were looking forward to showing the kids for the first time. They both like history and we felt they were really at a perfect age to soak it all in.

I wanted to share with you a few highlights that we felt were perfect for their age….

DC with Teens @cleverlyinspired (2)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

things you may not know about me

I am a middle child. And the only girl.

I broke both of my wrist at the same time when I was in 6th grade. Gymnastics. Uneven bars. Nuff said.

My hair was short for the first 15 years of my life.

I have only been in love once…and I married him.

I was afraid of dogs as a child…until my dad brought home a golden retriever puppy from a business trip.We named her Muffin (cause preppy was all the rage:)

I lived down the street from Aileen Quinn (the original Annie) Legend has it that she had a crush on my brother.

I rarely clean my plate. Even if I love everything on it. I think it is my rebellion for having to clean my plate as a child. That is just my self-observation.

I have often thought of starting another blog that I just post nature photos on…but then I get worn out at the thought of maintaining another blog.

 

Our twins were split at midnight, so that have different birthday. My daughter is 11 minutes older…

I have a mark on my face that is permanent from being the the womb 27 days past my due date. I was due Aug. 1st and I showed up on the 28th. My finger nails were embedded in my face..and one mark still remains.

31 flavors overwhelms me so I usually just stick with Mint Chip.

I am an introvert. I think I have fought this idea for most of my life…always feeling like I should be out and about but really feel myself when I am at home with my people. I say that….but then I also love a night out with friends too….so who knows what I am:)

There are times when I think I have ADD….bouncing from one project to the next without completing anything….but I’m cool with that….it is part of my process I suppose.

People used to mistake me for her….hence most friends of my youth called me Winnie. I was once asked for my autograph…when that show was still popular.

 

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A HUGE shout out to my parents….who I called at 6:30 on Thursday and said “hey, want to leave with me at 7:30 Friday morning to spend the day cleaning and painting the lakehouse???” To which they responded…without even hesitating “of course….” I pray that I can always be as generous as they have been to me. Love you mom and pop:) Thank you soooooooo much!

 

Happy weekending:)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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